EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 25, 2013

Police: Shooting victim charged in earlier robbery

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — LAWRENCE — Police yesterday arrested a Bennett Street man who was shot in the foot Sunday night in connection with a robbery that occurred earlier in the weekend there.

Angel Miranda, 33, who lives at 20 Bennett St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Miranda, found shot in the foot Sunday night after police broke down an apartment door and discovered him hiding in a bathroom, is accused of pointing a gun at someone during a robbery Saturday.

It was unclear last night if the robbery is related to Sunday night’s double shooting in the four-story tenement-style building where Miranda lives. A Methuen man, Danny Lamar Veras, 34, was found shot in the chest and left thigh and bleeding profusely on the sidewalk on the outside 20 Bennett St. at 8:05 p.m.

Miranda was initially treated at Lawrence General Hospital and transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was released Tuesday, police said.

Veras, meanwhile, remains in critical condition at a Boston hospital where he was airlifted Sunday night, police said.

Police said previously they suspect drugs were the motive for the double shootings.

Also, detectives yesterday made two drug arrests and seized cocaine and packaging supplies after executing a search warrant and conducting surveillance at 20 Bennett St.

Jonuel Carrattini, 22, of 20 Bennett St., and Juan Carlos Andino-Tirado, 21, of 2 Pelham Ave., Methuen were both arrested and charged with trafficking heroin and knowingly being present where heroin is kept. Carrattini was additionally charged with illegal possession of heroin with intent to distribute, according to a report by Sgt. John Dushame.

During a search of a second-floor apartment, police found Miranda’s cell phone as well as pictures of him brandishing a firearm.

In an apartment closet, police confiscated a white medicine bottle with a plastic baggie with a brown powdery substance sticking out the top. He recognized the bottle “as consistent with illegal drugs and packaging,” Dushame wrote.

Detectives also found three plastic twist baggies with a powder/chunk substance consistent with heroin. A digital scale nearby “had powder residue consistent with the substance inside the baggies,” Dushame noted.

Police also seized a bottle of Inositol, a common “cutting” agent used to manufacture and distribute drugs.

Dushame noted that none of items seized were present during a previous search at 20 Bennett St. after the shootings.

Bennett Street is located off Water Street near Broadway.

Both the robbery and the shootings remain under investigation.

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