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May 21, 2014

Man arrested after pulling gun

HAVERHILL — A man who allegedly threatened two people with a handgun and fired several shots into the air from a car in the Mount Washington neighborhood yesterday afternoon was arrested in Lawrence a few hours later.

Eliezer Cruz, 25, of 28 Arch St., was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, reckless endangerment of a child and malicious destruction of property.

Cruz was held without bail pending his arraignment in Haverhill District Court today.

Police went to 28 Arch St. at about 2:30 p.m. to investigate a disturbance. An argument between two men escalated when one of them pulled a handgun from his waistband and threatened two people, according to Detective Lt. Robert Pistone.

The suspect fled with his wife and infant in a gray Dodge Neon, Pistone said. Police received calls from witnesses reporting that a man in a gray sedan driven by a woman fired several shots into the air on Reed Street.

Officers recovered many shell casings from the street, Pistone said.

Investigation by Haverhill detectives led to Cruz’s arrest in Lawrence at 7:30 p.m., Pistone said. The detectives were aided by U.S. marshals and Lawrence police.

No was was hit by bullets in the shooting.

According to a report on the police scanner shortly after the shooting, officers were looking for a 2002 silver Dodge Neon in connection with the incident. Shortly after 3 p.m., police sent out a description of the car to other police departments in the region. Police also said there was a child in a car seat in the car.

Chris Burke, of 28 Arch St., said a woman who had been a close friend of his was having financial problems. He said at one point, he allowed her to move into his home, where he had extra rooms. He said a few months after moving in, the woman married a man who was in jail. Several weeks later he got out of jail and began causing problems at the home, Burke said.

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