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January 17, 2014

Accused throat slasher arrested; held without bail

Police say Methuen man sliced neck of ex-wife's boyfriend in her Haverhill apartment


Police said Barton tried to drive away, but that they were able to stop the car.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on Sunday morning police were dispatched to a Smith Street residence on a report of man with a neck laceration.

They encountered a 37-year-old man sitting on the porch, covered in blood with a shirt wrapped around his neck. Police described the laceration as a deep one that ran from the man’s adam’s apple all the way around to the back of his neck. The man was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was treated for the wound.

According to the report, the home invasion and assault took place just after 8 a.m.

A woman told police she was married to Angel Rivera but that their relationship ended three years ago. She said Rivera had been calling her recently and had stopped by her home several weeks ago, when she told him she wasn’t interested in seeing him any more.

The woman told police that on Sunday morning she and her new boyfriend were in bed in her upstairs apartment when Rivera walked in with a box cutter in his hand. She said Rivera was “out of control” and was swinging a box cutter at her and her boyfriend.

The woman told police that Rivera began attacking her and her boyfriend and that he cut the man’s throat. She told police she tried to pull Rivera off of her boyfriend and that Rivera then ran downstairs.

According to the report, a man who lives on the first floor told police that at 5 a.m. he was getting ready for work when he saw Rivera standing in the driveway motioning to him to come outside.

The man told police that he went outside and told Rivera that he wasn’t welcome there and that he should leave. The man said Rivera apologized for an argument they’d had several weeks prior then left a “cut up” jacket to give to his ex wife.

Police obtained a warrant for Rivera’s arrest on charges of home invasion and assault to murder.




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