Police Make Second High Street Arrest Relating to Armed Assault to Murder

(Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

File photograph. (Jay Saulnier photograph for WHAV News)

A 24-year-old Haverhill man, residing at the same address as a man accused of a suspected gang-related retaliatory shooting, was also arrested Monday on a warrant related to two counts of armed assault with intent to murder.

Haverhill Police arrested Jose Vasquez, of 11 High St., at about 2:45 p.m. Besides armed assault with intent to murder, Vasquez was arrested on warrants related to two counts each of assault and battery with bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Another resident of the address, 18-year-old Rony Vasquez, was arrested last month, six days after a city man survived a late-night shooting. The younger Vasquez was also arrested on a warrant relating to armed assault to murder. According to police, he walked up to the unnamed victim sitting in a car outside 45 Fifth Ave. and shot him in the left ear before fleeing on foot.

The 21-year-old victim, described as a friend of Eddy Almonte—the man charged with the May 17 shooting death of Nike Colon—required surgery to dislodge the bullet after it became stuck in his jaw.

Haverhill Police did not respond before news deadline to telephone calls and emails asking whether or how the two arrests are related.

In the days after May 17 shooting death of Nike Colon, police said, the younger Vasquez was “actively looking to purchase or locate more firearms because of the murder of his friend Nike Colon.”

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