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May 30, 2014

Judge: No freedom for man accused of shooting from car

Is held after incident with baby in back seat of vehicle

HAVERHILL — A man who allegedly threatened two people with a gun and then — while riding in a car with his wife and infant child — fired shots into the air is being held without bail.

Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany decided Eliezer Cruz, 25, is a danger to the public and ordered that he be held without bail. Abany continued the case to June 25 for a pretrial hearing.

Cruz’s defense lawyer Pamela Saia-Rogers did not contest the ruling, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. The ruling happened Wednesday.

Cruz was charged last week with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm (second offense), unlawful possession of ammunition, reckless endangerment of a child and malicious destruction of property. At last week’s court arraignment, he was ordered held without bail pending Wednesday’s scheduled dangerousness hearing.

Police arrested Cruz after he allegedly threatened two people with a handgun and fired as many as nine shots into the air from a car in the Mount Washington neighborhood on the afternoon of May 20. Police said his wife and their infant child were in the car when the shots were fired and that one of the bullets may have been lodged in the outside wall of a home.

On Tuesday, Cruz’s wife, Andrea Cruz, 34, pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment of a child and witness intimidation.

Judge Patricia Dowling set bail for her at $750 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for June 27.

Andrea Cruz was arrested May 23 after an investigation into the incident in which her husband allegedly threatened two people and then fired his gun into the air from the car in which he was a passenger and she was the driver. Their 5-month-old son was in the backseat at the time, police said.

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