Police also used the video of the attempted shooting to identify Wilder, Johnson and Errol Ellis, 20, of 25 10th Ave., Apt. 3, Haverhill, as being involved, Pistone said. In addition to the initial gun crimes that Wilder was charged with, police were granted arrest warrants for all four men on the charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, Pistone said. He said they were also charged with affray — being involved in violent criminal activity as a group.
Ellis surrendered to police last March 14 and was arrested on the warrant charges. Also on March 14, Haverhill detectives and the Street Crime Unit, with help from U.S. Marshals, used an arrest warrant to take Pimental into custody at his at 88 Fountain St. home, police said.
“This investigation and manhunt for these individuals is the direct product of the plans that have been put into place with the Municipal Staffing Grant (state grant money for a focus on Mount Washington) with the focus on identifying violent criminals in our city, investigating them, charging them, and relentlessly pursuing them until they are ultimately removed from the streets of our city,’’ Pistone said in an email.
“The Haverhill Police will continue to use the resources afforded through the Staffing Grant and its many law enforcement partners to take violent criminals off our streets,’’ Pistone’s email said. “Just as was done in this case we will not stop until we bring violent offenders to justice.’’
— Bill Cantwell