Two males, ages 16 and 20, have been charged with murder and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third suspect in connection with the the fatal shooting of a Framingham man last month, authorities said Thursday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, of Framingham, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office. Prosecutors allege Rodriguez shot Juan Lopez, 21, as part of plan to steal marijuana from the victim.
Jose Cruz, 16, of Framingham and Bryan Pertarb, 20, of Hudson were arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court on charges of murder, attempted armed robbery, armed assault with intent to rob, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the DA's office.
Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco ordered the defendants held without bail. Their next court date is Jan. for a pretrial hearing.
Though Cruz is a juvenile, under Massachusetts law, defendants over age 14 who are charged with murder are prosecuted as adults.
“We allege that these three men brutally murdered this victim as part of a robbery,” Ryan said. “This case is frightening reminder of the violence that accompanies the business of buying and selling illegal drugs. The combination of illegal drugs and illegal guns continues to have deadly and tragic consequences. I urge anyone with information on this suspect’s whereabouts to contact police.”
At about 10:57 p.m. on Nov. 20, Framingham police responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot at 15 Second St. in Framingham. Upon arrival police discovered Lopez in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.
Lopez was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined he died by a single gunshot wound to the chest, the DA's office said.
Prosecutors allege that when Lopez arrived at the location on Second Street he retrieved marijuana from the trunk of his car and then got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. It is alleged that Rodriguez walked up to the vehicle and fired a single gunshot through the driver’s side window, striking Lopez. The three men then fled the scene.
Anyone who knows of Rodriguez’s whereabouts or has seen this suspect is asked to call Framingham Police Tip Line at 508-872-1212 ext. 3888 or Massachusetts State Police at 781-897-6600.
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