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Haverhill

May 15, 2013

Police arrest shooting suspect

Believed member of region's violent Trinitario gang

HAVERHILL — While taking Learde Rodriguez into custody inside an apartment in Lawrence, police said they found a folder containing a document referring to the Trinitario gang – a well-known group that uses machetes as its primary weapon.

Police said they believe Rodriguez is a member of the gang.

Rodriguez, 23, was arrested Monday following an investigation that lead police to 107 Lowell St., Apt. 1B, Lawrence, where they believed he was living. Rodriguez was wanted in Haverhill on a charge of assault with intent to murder in connection with an April 7 incident on Freeman Street, where a man was shot several times.

Rodriguez was also wanted in Lawrence in connection with an April 12 shooting in that city, where he faces charges of assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 150 feet of a highway, carrying a firearm without a license and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police also arrested Jonathan Roman, 19, of 665 Essex St., Apt. 18, Lawrence. Roman was wanted in Lawrence for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and improperly storing/securing a firearm.

During a search of the apartment, police said they found a .25-caliber Taurus model PT-25 pistol and a magazine with six .25-caliber rounds of ammunition and a single .25 caliber round.

As Rodriguez was getting ready to be escorted from the apartment by police, an 18-year-old woman whose name is on the apartment lease removed a set of green rosary beads from his neck, police said.

Rodriguez was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence District Court. According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, Judge Kevin Gaffney ordered Rodriguez held for a dangerous hearing, which was to be scheduled today.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said Rodriguez is also expected to be brought to Haverhill District Court for his arraignment on charges stemming from the April 7 shooting on Freeman Street. Information about when that hearing will happen was unavailable.

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