Not-guilty pleas were entered to charges of murder in Worcester District Court on Wednesday as 24-year-old Juan Gutierrez and 21-year-old Kenneth Vazquez were arraigned.
A witness who was at the scene of the shooting identified the two suspects to police, according to court documents, and said Gutierrez shot Mendez from a car driven by Vazquez.
It appears that a SUV connected to the incident was discovered in Springfield Tuesday night. The car was impounded and towed.
Police found Mendez lying in the road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a gunshot to the face. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead about two hours later, reads a statement of facts filed in Worcester District Court.
Additionally, Vazquez, of 209 Coburn Ave. in Worcester, was ordered held on $10,000 bail on firearm charges and had his bail revoked on a previous matter of vandalism charges.
Gutierrez, of 13 Brochu St. in Southbridge, was also ordered held on $10,000 cash bail for charges of possession of heroin and cocaine, and was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail in connection with a previous domestic assault and battery case.
Witness identified Kenneth Vazquez as driver, Juan Gutierrez as shooter in Worcester killing of Juan Mendez, police say
Gutierrez was located by the Worcester police vice squad Tuesday morning, as they were conducting surveillance near Millbury Street. He tried to run away but was found on Endicott Street in possession of heroin and cocaine, police said.
At a Vinson Street apartment on Aug. 11, which court documents list as Gutierrezs address at the time, the victim called Gutierrez a name. Gutierrez then became aggressive and stomped on her head with his foot while he was wearing Nike Jordan sneakers, documents read.
The victim showed police a video, which displayed her face bleeding, as well as bruising, documents read.
After Gutierrez was arrested, police found Vazquez near Lake Park on Tuesday, in the area of his residence. Officers said they saw him walking with another man.
An officer called out to Vazquez, who became extremely nervous and began to walk backwards while carrying a black backpack with bright yellow straps, court documents read.
Worcester and Massachusetts State Police with K-9s converged on the area. When Vazquez was arrested he no longer had the backpack, documents read.
K-9s helped police locate the backpack, which contained a Llama Max-1 .45 caliber pistol. The magazine contained six cartridges but was capable of holding seven. The chamber was empty, police wrote in court documents.
Police also found a plastic bag of a green, leafy substance, a wallet, a note on yellow-lined paper, an envelope, a charging brick and a toothbrush in the backpack, according to court documents.
A GoFundMe page that appears to have been made for Mendez says he was a father of three who was known as Javy.
He was a great, loving person who enjoyed family time and who liked to joked with other people and made us laughed… He was very loved by many,” reads the page, which seeks to raise $10,000 for funeral expenses. We are absolutely devastated by Juans passing and are struggling to find the funds to cover the cost of the service.”
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police have charged two people in connection with a weekend shooting in Worcester that left one man dead.
Police say 24-year-old Juan Gutierrez and 21-year-old Kenneth Vazquez face murder and other charges in connection with the shooting Saturday evening that left 37-year-old Juan Mendez dead.
Officers responded to the Lincoln Village Apartments on Country Club Boulevard for a report of an assault with a dangerous weapon.
Police found the victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died.
Investigators do not think the shooting was a random act of violence but have not disclosed a possible motive.