HAVERHILL — A Boston man was ordered held without bail after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery that occurred on Vine Street on Dec. 9, during which two juvenile boys were pistol whipped.
Police also charged a 17-year-old Haverhill teen, who was to be arraigned this week in Lawrence Juvenile Court.
A loaded Glock handgun and a BB gun pistol along with some THC (cannabis) vape cartridges were recovered at the time of the arrest, police said.
Angel Lozano, 21, of Boston and his 17-year-old juvenile accomplice were arrested Dec. 10 at 10:50 a.m. by Haverhill police detectives with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS).
Lozano was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts), armed robbery while masked (two counts), carrying a loaded firearm without a license and carrying a firearm without a license. Police charged the juvenile boy with the same crimes.
Lozano was arraigned on the charges Dec. 10 in Haverhill District Court, where Judge Patricia Dowling found probable cause to hold him without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Dec. 18.
Lozano was represented by defense lawyer, Joseph Gannon, whose motion for funds to pay for an investigation was allowed.
"Due to the tireless hard work of the Haverhill police detectives, Haverhill police gang unit and the Massachusetts State Police VFAS, these two dangerous individuals were removed from the streets of Haverhill," police Capt. Stephen Doherty said.
According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on Dec. 9 at approximately 7:49 p.m., police were dispatched to Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill for a report of a 16-year-old boy who was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint.
Police said they met with the boy and his father, and that the boy had suffered a gash on his forehead and his sweatshirt was covered in blood.
The boy told police that he'd been set up by a friend, who wanted to buy marijuana from him.
When interviewed at the police station, the boy told investigators that a friend from Hampton, New Hampshire, came by his home to pick him up to smoke marijuana, and at the same time, another friend from school sent him a message on Snapchat, asking to purchase marijuana from him.
Police identified the school friend who'd sent the Snapchat message as an 18-year-old boy who lives in a residential group home in Bradford.
The injured boy told police that around 7 p.m., his New Hampshire friend drove him to an apartment building on Vine Street to make the delivery, but because there were cameras outside, he and his friend were asked to enter a specific apartment inside a building.
The injured boy told police that shortly after entering the apartment, two masked men came out from a room and pointed guns and him and his friend, the driver.
The injured boy said that one of the masked men said, "don't move" and that, "this is a GD initiation." The boy told police he took that to mean the robbery was an initiation into the Gangsta Disciples street gang for the high school friend who had lured him and the driver to the apartment.
The injured boy said the bigger masked man (Lozano, who police listed as 6-feet, 220 pounds) then struck him in the forehead with a pistol, causing a laceration, and that he and his friend were ordered to empty their pockets. The boy told police all he had on him was his cell phone, which he said the the robbers took, along with "some" THC (cannabis) vape cartridges.
He said one of the masked men also took a cell phone from his friend's car and that he and his friend were then ordered to leave the apartment.
Police said that during the robbery, the boy's friend was also struck in the head with a pistol.
The 18-year-old boy from the group home told police that he was visiting his friend on Vine Street and that when he entered the apartment, his friend, the 17-year-old boy, told him to send a message to the boy he knew from school, asking to buy 45 "carties," which he said were THC (cannabis) vape cartridges.
The boy told police that his friend and Lozano then began to "amp themselves up by jumping around the room and swinging guns around, singing to what he described as "gang music."
Police said that on the morning of Dec. 10, Lozano and a 17-year-old Haverhill boy, who they said was his accomplice, left the Vine Street apartment and entered a car driven by an Uber driver.
Police said they stopped the car on Lincoln Avenue and a search of the vehicle turned up a Glock handgun with six live rounds in the magazine, and a black BB gun pistol that police said Lozano and his accomplice were in possession of. Police said they also seized two, 10-packs of THC vape cartridges.
The Uber driver told police he was taking his two passengers to Boston.