Man gets 10-12 years for armed robbery spree

TIM JEAN/Staff file photo Carlos Perez stands handcuffed in the prisoners dock during his 2017 arraignment in Haverhill District Court. Perez was sentenced Wednesday to 10 to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty to a number of armed robberies and other offenses committed in 2016.

SALEM, Mass. — A Haverhill man involved in a string of city robberies and a four-hour standoff with police was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison on Wednesday. 

When he gets released from prison, Carlos Perez was ordered by a superior court judge to spend another three years on probation and stay away from all of the places he robbed in Haverhill. 

In court Wednesday, Perez, 39, pleaded guilty to 22 to 24 criminal counts leveled against him, said Carrie Kimball, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. 

Perez was indicted by the Essex grand jury on Jan. 26, 2017, on eight counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, six counts of armed robbery while masked, two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, and one count each of attempted breaking entering in the nighttime, unarmed robbery, larceny of property and larceny from a building, according to court records. 

The robberies all occurred during the fall of 2016. 

Then, on Jan. 9, 2017, Haverhill police tried to arrest Perez on a warrant for unarmed robbery.

After showing what appeared to be a gun, Perez ran from police and into the basement of a Franklin Street home, which led to a nearly four-hour standoff with local and state police, according to police reports.

Perez eventually surrendered and was charged with eight counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

A prosecutor said that while Perez was being held without bail in connection to the standoff, police continued their investigation and were able to tie Perez to several breaks and robberies in the city.

Police said that between October and December of 2016, several armed robberies and commercial breaks, including the theft of an ATM machine, took place in Haverhill.

Police said that as a result of their investigations, they charged Perez with robbing the Speedway self-service gas station and convenience store at 491 Groveland St. on Oct. 9, and again on Oct. 28. He was also charged with the Oct. 15 robbery of the Dunkin' Donuts at 614 Broadway; with robbing the Mobil Mart at 807 S. Main St. on Oct. 16; with breaking into Lucky's Pizza at 251 Primrose St. on the night of Oct. 30, where he allegedly stole an ATM machine containing $2,560; with the unarmed robbery of the Dunkin' Donuts at 407 Amesbury Road on Nov. 6; and with armed robbery of the Subway sandwich shop at 741 S. Main St.

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