EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 21, 2013

Two charged in violent Hampstead home invasion

Haverhill residents face similar charges in Bay State

By Alex Lippa
alippa@eagletribune.com

---- — HAMPSTEAD — Two Haverhill men already in jail on home invasion charges in Massachusetts have been charged in connection with a violent home invasion and sexual assault in 2011.

Max Menagerman, 24, and Angel Sanchez, 22, entered the home of Joe Ustinowich on Kent Farm Road, then tortured him and a woman on July 18, 2011, according to police.

The men were charged Wednesday while in jail on charges related to a home invasion in Haverhill in November 2011.

Menagerman and Sanchez entered Ustinowich’s home looking for guns, according to complaints filed by Hampstead police.

But things did not go according to plan.

“They didn’t plan on anyone being home at the time,” Lt. John Frazier said.

Menagerman tied up the woman and Sanchez tied up Ustinowich with an electrical cord, according to the complaint.

Menagerman sexually assaulted the woman using a handgun and also assaulted her while holding a gun to her back, according to the complaint.

Police said Menagerman stuck the gun in woman’s mouth and held the gun to her head, demanding to know where the guns were, police said.

Menagerman carved lines into Ustinowich’s back with a knife and threatened to kill him and his cats, police said in their complaint.

Sanchez helped Menagerman and held the residents at gunpoint, police said. Sanchez is charged with stealing three rifles and three shotguns from the residence.

Police charged Menagerman with six counts of criminal threatening with a firearm, four counts of sexual assault, five counts of simple assault, five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, false imprisonment, second degree assault, burglary and felonious use of a firearm.

Sanchez is charged with criminal threatening, theft, criminal liability for conduct of another to aggravated felonious sexual assault, false imprisonment, burglary and felonious use of a firearm.

Police said two other men were involved in the home invasion. One of them, Avery Walker, 21, of Haverhill, has been convicted in the case. He was arrested in November 2011 for the Hampstead incident and convicted in the spring of 2012 for conspiracy to commit burglary.

Hampstead police have an arrest warrant pending for Abraham Depaula, 24, of Haverhill, also a suspect in the home invasion.

Menagerman, Sanchez and DePaula were all in jail in Massachusetts on charges of kidnapping, armed assault in a dwelling, and armed burglary in connection with the home invasion in Haverhill. In that incident, Sanchez also faces a charge of assault to murder; Depaula and Meagerman also faces charges of attempted murder in that incident.

Menagerman and Sanchez were arraigned via video Wednesday and both waived extradition to New Hampshire.

They are both being held in the Rockingham County jail, Meagerman on $350,000 cash, Sanchez on $100,000 cash.

A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for both men at 10 a.m. Monday in 10th Circuit Court in Plaistow.