Avis Medrano, 23, of Charlestown, was arraigned in Somerville District Court on charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  Alexis Gonzalez, 20, of Charlestown was also arraigned on the same charges. Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn released the defendants on personal recognizance with conditions that they stay away and have no contact with witnesses, stay one-quarter mile away from Gilman Street in Somerville and possess no dangerous weapons or firearms.  A juvenile was also arraigned in the matter in Cambridge Juvenile Court.

The defendants’ next court date is February 20 for a pretrial hearing.  The juvenile’s next court date is February 27 for a pretrial hearing.

According to authorities, on January 7, at approximately 9:05 p.m., they responded to a report of shots fired on Gilman Street, a residential area in Somerville.  Officers learned that there was a white Subaru allegedly leaving the scene.

It is alleged that as officers approached the area, a cruiser on patrol observed a car matching the description driving away with no headlights on.  As the cruiser pulled in behind the vehicle, the car took off at a high rate of speed.  There was a brief pursuit of the car before the occupants bailed out and fled on foot. Somerville Police, with the assistance of Medford Police and State Police, established a perimeter and three suspects were located within a short time hiding in nearby neighborhood yards.  A loaded firearm was recovered from a back yard in close proximity to where the suspects were found and a magazine with ammunition was found in the Subaru.

Following an investigation, including interviews with witnesses, these defendants were charged.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Somerville Police Department, with the assistance of the Medford and State Police departments.

The prosecutors who arraigned these cases were Assistant District Attorney Lila Palmer and Assistant District Attorney Christopher Minue.


10 Responses to “Two Charlestown men arraigned and released with conditions to stay away from Gilman Street in Somerville”

  1. A. Moore says:

    My memory must be going. I seem to recall years back we had a mandatory 1 year jail term for guns without a license. Must be my memory. Now they are back out on the street?

  2. MarketMan says:

    personal recognizance?! Are you serious???

  3. MarketMan says:

    A. Moore: I know!! It makes no sense. Yes, technically speaking the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. But come on… They had unlicensed guns and led police on a high speed car chase. That’s enough to keep them until their court hearing.

  4. Steve Keenan says:

    The mandatory one year sentence is only if you are charged under the Fox Bartley Gun Bill. Due to the heavy case load in the courts, it is quite common to have a charge like this reduced to possession of an unlicensed firearm or similar charges which don’t have the mandatory yar in jail. Only prosecution and conviction under the Fox Bartley provision mandates a year in prison if my memory serves me right.

  5. A Moore says:

    I hear yhou Steve. I was doing some volunteer work and had to spend some time in court. One of the cases was a man in a stolen car when caught pulled a gun on a cop. $15 court appearance fee and time served. Unbelievable. Same thought MarketMan. Makes me feel safe.

  6. j. connelly says:

    Reality check. Firefighters cannot be police officers at the same time, so why do we let lawyers serve in the legislature? The Legislature hire a fleet of lawyers, why are we paying for it if there are a lot of lawyers serving in the legislature? As well as an abundance of realty/insurance people serving there also.

    As it is between both groups with all their expertise they have passed bad or inept laws that have had to be corrected later. No this is the problem with politics. they are really in there to serve their own greedy needs or those of the lobbyists that give the best gifts.

    Time to ban those who are or whose families are affiliated with these law/realty/insurance groups from serving in the legislature as it is definitely a conflict/corrupt interest.

  7. Ron Newman says:

    since they caused most of their havoc in West Somerville, shouldn’t they be banned from there as well?

  8. MarketMan says:

    Ron: I agree but being “banned” means nothing anyway. Who is monitoring their whereabouts??

  9. Ron Newman says:

    Good question. Are they being GPS-monitored?

  10. A Moore says:

    I doubt it Ron, usually you have to have some kind of sentencing first. You have to remember that they have their rights and that comes before victim rights. You don’t want the ACLU coming down on us.

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