HAVERHILL — Two Haverhill men have been indicted in Superior Court for kidnapping and beating three teenagers, one of whom is mentally handicapped.
Roberto “Javi” Alvarez, 25, of 28 Webster St., Apt. 20, and Enrique “Rick” Rojas, 25, of 11 Hilldale Ave., second floor, are each charged with three counts of kidnapping and multiple counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Alvarez is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Alvarez is being held without bail and bail was set at $2,000 for Rojas.
Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office, said both defendants were arraigned in Haverhill District Court Aug. 16 and indicted in Superior Court on Sept. 19. Moving the case to Superior Court allows prosecutors to seek longer prison sentences.
A date to arraign the defendants in Superior Court has not yet been set, Kimball Monahan said.
Court documents said police were initially contacted by one of the victims who believed Alvarez was looking for him and planned to hurt or kill him. Two of the victims are 17 and the other is 18.
Police said the victim who contacted them said he sold marijuana for Alvarez and that he lost $2,000 worth of “product.”
That victim said he tried to pay off the debt by selling more drugs for Alvarez, but that Alvarez kept adding more charges to the debt, court documents said. The victim told police he wanted out of “the lifestyle” and would cooperate with police.
A police report said Alvarez and Rojas kidnapped the victims June 23 by pulling them into Alvarez’s Webster Street apartment, where the victims were tied to chairs, stripped of their clothing and beaten in the head with fists and a glass bottle.
Alvarez and Rojas kept the victims tied up while they interrogated them about missing marijuana over a five-hour period, court papers said. A pillow case was placed over the head of the mentally handicapped teen, court papers said.
The defendants threatened to kill the victims and their families if they told police what happened, court papers said.
When police went to arrest Alvarez at his Webster Street apartment, officers found a small amount of marijuana, drug-dealing paraphernalia and $4,470 in cash, police reports said.