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Suspects in Somerville chase released to probation officers

Posted by Jarret Bencks  January 9, 2013 08:22 AM

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The scene in Somerville Monday night.

Two men allegedly involved in gunfire and a chase through several Somerville neighborhoods Monday night were released to the custody of probation officers following an arraignment in Somerville Tuesday afternoon, court officials said.

Avis Medrano, 23, and Alexis Gonzalez, 20, both of Charlestown, face charges of possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

The two men were arrested about 10:30 p.m. Monday after several Gilman Street residents heard gunfire about 9 p.m. and multiple suspects were seen fleeing the street toward Broadway in a white Subaru, police said.

A police officer spotted the car heading west on Broadway and pursued it through Ball Square and Powderhouse Circle before it hit a curb and the suspects ditched the car at the intersection of Powderhouse Boulevard and Leonard Street, police said. 

A police helicopter with a spotlight casting down on streets through West Somerville patrolled the skies for about an hour Monday night and police dogs scoured the area until Medrano, Gonzalez and a third suspect -- who is a minor -- were found hiding in backyards, along with a loaded gun, police said.

Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn ordered Medrano and Gonzalez released on probation officer surety in an arraignment Tuesday afternoon, on conditions that they have no contact with witnesses in the incident and that they stay away from Gilman Street, according to the Somerville District Court clerk's office. They are slated to appear in court next on Feb. 20.

Court filings related to the charges were unavailable Tuesday afternoon because information ordered impounded by Flynn had not yet been redacted, a court clerk said.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.


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