METHUEN — Police charged two Lawrence men yesterday in connection with a pair of home invasions that kept patrol officers and detectives busy Wednesday night.
“Exceptional job,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon tweeted after police had one man in custody and had obtained an arrest warrant for another suspect who remained at large last night.
Carlos Rivera, 20, of 12 Saunders St., Lawrence, was charged with threats to commit murder and assault with a dangerous weapon (a firearm). Detectives linked him to the Wednesday night home invasion on Larchwood Road. He had eight outstanding warrants for motor vehicle, drug and other charges,
Meanwhile, police last night continued to search for Anthony Rodriguez, 22, of May St., Lawrence after identifying him as the suspect in the home invasion on Ingalls Court. He faces charges of armed home invasion, assault by means of a dangerous weapon (a firearm) and larceny over $250.
“It’s not often that people are being arrested or charged so quickly on crimes of this nature,” Methuen police Capt. Kris McCarthy said last night.
“This was really good work, with the patrol and detective units working together. And we’re still looking for other possible suspects as our investigation continues,” he said.
Two men entered an apartment at Ingalls Court at about 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, both brandishing handguns, according to McCarthy.
“They held the victim at gunpoint, and they basically trashed the house and went through the apartment looking for money “ McCarthy said.
“An undetermined amount of money and a couple of phones and other items were taken. The victim was not hurt,” he said.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Rodriguez late yesterday after getting a good description of the 2004 Infiniti that was spotted rushing away from the crime scene toward Lawrence. Police have advised anyone who recognizes him to call emergency 911 and not approach him, because he is considered armed and dangerous.
About an hour after the Ingalls Court home invasion, police responded to Larchwood Road, for the second home invasion on Wednesday night. The victim answered a knock at the door and the suspect — later identified as Rivera — entered the house.
“They had a discussion about prior incident a couple of days ago,” McCarthy said.
“Some time during the discussion, the subject lifted his shirt, revealing he had two handguns in the waistband of his pants. He began to threaten the victim with bodily harm,” he said.
But Rivera didn’t harm the victim and left the apartment without taking anything, according to police.
The previous incident helped police in the identification of the suspect. After obtaining an arrest warrant, Methuen police officer Michael Velazquez and Detective Thomas McMenamon Jr. arrested Rivera at his Lawrence home.
Police transferred Rivera to the Essex County Jail in Middleton, where he was being held without bail bail last night pending his arraignment in Lawrence District Court today.
It’s not clear whether the two reported home invasions were related.
“They were in close proximity to each other, both in time and distance,” McCarthy said.
“We’re still investigating as to whether they are connected,” he said.