Methuen Police Seek Info on Third Man Involved in Thursday Kidnapping and Armed Robbery

Methuen Police are looking for a third person after arresting and charging a man and woman with armed robbery and kidnapping Thursday night. Twenty-five-year-old Eric Deugarte and 24-year-old Meghan Wood, both of Methuen, were both charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, according to Mayor Neil Perry and Police Chief Joseph Solomon. Deugarte was also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime. The third person is described as an adult light-skinned black male with a long ponytail, weighing approximately 155 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Methuen Police at 978-983-8752.

Former Haverhill Resident Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Dealing, Gun Charge and ID Theft

A former Haverhill resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to fentanyl distribution, illegal firearm possession and engaging in identity theft to receive state benefits, among other charges. Domingo Garcia Suero, a 55-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty during a videoconference to five counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance, specifically fentanyl; unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number; two counts of Social Security fraud; and one count of aggravated identity theft. U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22. As WHAV previously reported, Garcia Suero was among 25 people charged in 2018 with document and benefit fraud during an investigation called “Double Trouble.”

On five occasions in 2017, Garcia Suero sold and possessed fentanyl for sale.

Haverhill Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Person Who Fired Shots Monday Near Tattersall Farm

Haverhill Police are asking for the public’s help in determining who may have fired gun shots last night near North Broadway and Lake Street. Police, in a social media release this morning, said there were no reports of injuries or property damage stemming from the 10 p.m. incident near Tattersall Farm. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective William O’Connell at 978-722-1553.

Haverhill Patrolman Receives 45-Day Suspension; Both Police Chief and Union Disagree with Mayor’s Ruling

A Haverhill police officer, arrested last August on charges related to allegedly striking his girlfriend with a metal water bottle, was recently suspended 45 days by Mayor James J. Fiorentini and given other punishment. While criminal charges were dropped against Patrolman Carlos Arriaga last January, he still faced discipline from the city for sending “harassing and vulgar” texts and visiting the woman after having been ordered twice to have no contact, according to heavily blacked out documents released after WHAV filed a request for public records. Besides the suspension, Arriaga is to provide 20 days of punishment duty, meaning he will work on those days without pay. The Haverhill Police Patrolman’s Association plans to appeal the case to an arbitrator. Union President Rick Welch said he is concerned the punishment far exceeds past disciplinary rulings and could become an unfair precedent for future cases.

Superior Court Judge Denies Motion to Release Man, Charged with Bradford Teen’s Murder

A Salem Superior Court judge today refused to temporarily release from prison one of four men accused of murdering a Bradford teen in 2017. Ruling from the bench, Judge Thomas Drechsler was not moved by the argument that COVID-19 in the prisons represented changed circumstances. Thomas J. Warner, of Delaware, is one of four men charged with armed assault to rob and murdering 18-year-old Bryce T. Finn in the doorway of his Bradford home. His lawyer, James B. Krasnoo of Andover told WHAV he is “disappointed” his motion wasn’t granted. “It is frightening to leave a healthy man in a den of contamination,” Krasnoo said of Warner’s imprisonment at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction while awaiting trial.

DA Blodgett’s Office Outlines Arguments Against Freeing Accused Killer of Bradford Teen, Reveals New Evidence

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office is outlining multiple reasons a man accused of murdering a Bradford teen in 2017 should not be released temporarily from prison because of COVID-19. As WHAV first reported Monday, Thomas J. Warner is seeking to take advantage of a recent state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that allows some suspects awaiting trial to be released. Warner, of Delaware, is one of four men charged with armed assault to rob and murdering 18-year-old Bryce T. Finn in the doorway of his Bradford home. A motion filed by Assistant District Attorney Christina Pujals Ronan suggests, among other reasons, Warner is a flight risk because he is facing a life sentence and has no local ties. Both sides are expected to present arguments Thursday morning.

Haverhill Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Monday Night Shooter; No Injuries Reported

Haverhill Police report no injuries during another Mount Washington neighborhood shooting last night. Police are investigating gunshots at 10:22 p.m., Monday, near 1 Marble St. The two-family home at that address received “minor damage,” police said. No one has been charged in connection with the shooting and officials are looking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Cotreau at 978-373-1212, ext.

One of Four Men Charged with 2017 Bradford Teen Murder Seeks Release Because of COVID-19

One of four men charged in connection with the 2017 shooting death of a Bradford teenager is asking for release from prison because of COVID-19 precedents. Thomas J. Warner, who was charged with murdering 18-year-old Bryce T. Finn in June 2017, appears by video Thursday, May 14, in Salem Superior Court. Warner has been held since July 2018 when he was arrested in Delaware. He was later indicted by an Essex County grand jury on charges of murder and armed assault to rob, but no trial has yet taken place. Warner’s lawyer, James B. Krasnoo of Andover, petitioned the court April 28 for his release on personal recognizance in light of a state Supreme Judicial Court decision last month.