EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 7, 2012

Two more arrested in connection with River Street, Haverhill home invasion, double-fatal shooting

By Bill Kirk
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — Two more people were arrested last night after police executed a search warrant at the building where four people were shot, two of them fatally, during a home invasion July 23.

Angela Walsh, 21, and Joshua Cloutman, 20, both of 631 River St., second floor, were arrested at the police station when they came in for questioning after police searched their apartment.

They were charged with being an accessory before the fact of a crime, to wit, home invasion and armed robbery, and impeding a police investigation.

Walsh was booked at the station at 10:30 p.m., Cloutman at 10:52 p.m.

They will be arraigned today in Haverhill District Court.

On the night of July 23, four people were shot with two being taken to a Boston hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. All four shootings occurred in an apartment occupied by Bill Melchionda at 629-635 River St. in Haverhill. Melchionda and Anddy Guzman, believed to be one of the home invaders, were both killed.

Juan Carlos Sanchez, 20, of Haverhill, was arrested on July 29 in connection to the shootings and pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, eight counts of home invasion, seven counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and one count of carrying a firearm without a license.

Jonas Rogers, 25, of Haverhill, was arrested on July 31 for his involvement in the murders. A witness told police that Rogers said he was at the shootings and that he went to the house with friends to rob the occupants, according to a police report. The two are being held without bail and will return to court on Aug. 30.

According to court documents, three masked men entered Melchionda’s ground-floor apartment sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m. on that night. Police reports show the invaders’ motive was their belief illegal drugs and a large amount of cash were being kept in the home.

Police said Guzman, 20, of Lawrence was one of the men who invaded the home and was shot by Sanchez during the violent struggle. Guzman was found outside the home with a fatal gunshot wound. He was wearing a black mask and had an empty pistol holder, police said. Sanchez told a witness interviewed by police that he mistakenly shot Guzman, according to police reports.