HAVERHILL — Two city men — one charged with shooting another man in the foot out of jealousy, and the other accused of threatening his family with handguns — both continue to be held without bail as dangers to society pending their next court dates.
Police charged Angel Rohena, 28, of 3 Federal St. with armed assault to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of a large capacity firearm/feeding device, malicious destruction of property, violating a firearms surrender order, and violation of an abuse prevention order.
Rohena was arraigned Oct. 12 in Haverhill District Court. A probable cause hearing set for Nov. 1 was continued to Nov. 29, according to the Essex District Attorney's Office.
Police said that on Oct. 8 at 8:08 p.m., officers responded to a shopping plaza at 7 Hilldale Ave. on a report of a shooting. A 28-year-old Haverhill man had been shot in the left foot and was being taken to a local hospital, police said.
The victim was standing in the plaza's parking lot with a woman identified as Rohena's former girlfriend, before the woman returned to her job at the Little Caesar's pizza shop in the plaza, police said.
The woman said she had been dating the victim for just two weeks. She said that after returning to Little Caesar's, she saw Rohena arrive in the parking lot in a blue Subaru, and that the car circled around a few times before she heard several gunshots. The victim then ran to the pizza shop to say he'd been shot, police said.
Rohena's mother told police that although her son lives with her, she had recently obtained an emergency restraining order against him, according to a police report. The woman told police that her son was storing several different calibers of ammunition in his bedroom. Police seized more than 170 rounds of ammunition from the apartment.
Rohena was arrested Oct. 10 in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice, and was subsequently returned to Massachusetts for his arraignment.
In an unrelated case, police charged John Cameron, 26, of 31 Iris Way with six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of improperly storing firearms, and one count of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
At his arraignment on the charges on Oct. 28 in Haverhill District Court, a judge ordered Cameron held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Oct. 30. At that hearing, a judge found probable cause to hold Cameron as a danger to society and scheduled a status hearing for Dec. 6.
According to a police report, on Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. police were sent to 17 Concord St. on a report of a vehicle with two flat tires and a Maine registration that was left parked on the side of the road overnight.
Police said they found a loaded Winchester model 250 rifle and a Springfield model 1898 rifle on car’s back seat. Police also found Cameron’s driver’s license and license to carry a firearm, along with various calibers of ammunition inside the car.
Police said the rifles had no safety or trigger locks.
Police notified Cameron that they would summons him to court.
The next day just after 5:30 p.m., police were sent to 31 Iris Way on a report of a family disturbance.
Police said they entered the basement of the home and found Cameron’s father on top of his son, holding him down. John Cameron stood up and did not struggle as police placed him in handcuffs, according to a police report.
The father told police that after he and other family members went into the basement to ask John Cameron why he was acting differently lately, he began waving around a Smith and Wesson pistol. The family managed to talk him into giving the gun to them, police said. The father told police that his son then pulled out another gun, a Colt Python .357 Magnum, which he said his son also began waving around.
The father said his son pointed the gun toward the floor and they heard a loud “bang.”
Police said they confiscated a shotgun, two rifles, three handguns and miscellaneous ammunition along with brass knuckles and nunchucks from the home.