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March 20, 2014

Police arrest last man wanted in gun assault

Police: Video shows gun pointed at victim before it malfunctioned

HAVERHILL — Police said they have rounded up a group of young men who tried unsuccessfully to shoot another man in the Mount Washington neighborhood — an area targeted by officers because of its street crime.

Yesterday, officers made the last of four arrests of men involved in the incident, said Lt. Robert Pistone, spokesman for the Police Department.

Devaughn Johnson, 19, of 20 Grove St., Haverhill, was on the run until he was arrested at 5:02 p.m. yesterday, Pistone said. Haverhill officers assigned to the department's Street Crimes Unit and U.S. Marshals tracked down Johnson at 200 Franklin St., where he surrendered with the home surrounded, Pistone said.

Johnson is one of three men charged with surrounding the victim on High Street, after luring him out of a building in that area, police said. Johnson was held without bail overnight and scheduled to be arraigned today in Haverhill District Court.

Police said they have a video that shows Kadeem Pimental, 19, of 88 Fountain St., Haverhill, trying to fire a gun three times at the victim while Johnson and the other men surrounded the victim.

No other information was immediately available from police about how they got the video. Police said the video and their investigation shows Pimental did try to shoot the victim, but the gun malfunctioned and no bullets were discharged.

Pistone said the men who were arrested and the victim all know each other. It appears the assault was "retaliation'' for a past incident, Pistone said, but he could release no other details.

Pistone said a so-called Municipal Staffing Grant received by Haverhill allowed the Police Department to focus extra officers on the investigation and get help from other law enforcement agencies, such as the U.S. Marshals.

The gun incident happened March 7, police said. Officers who arrived at the scene saw several men who ran away, police said. Officer Brian Bailey of the Street Crimes Unit chased one of the men and caught him. He was carrying a gun, police said. He was identified by police as Marion Wilder, 23 of 76 1/2 Friend St., Amesbury.

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