For Immediate Release: 5/7/2017 12:50 pm
Worcester, MA (May 6, 2017) – On 5/7/17 at approximately 1:36 AM, a police officer was working an off-duty assignment at the Riviera Showclub at 241 Southbridge St. An individual was asked to leave the club, and escorted outside by security. The officer was walking outside to assist security when he heard several gunshots. He asked for assistance on his radio. The officer observed a male, later identified as John Mendez, twenty-seven years old of Fitchburg, pass a firearm to Alexander Vera, twenty five years old of Lowell. The officer approached Mr. Vera and removed the firearm from Mr. Vera’s waistband. Mr. Vera had a license to carry firearms issued by Fitchburg PD. There was a man on the ground outside the club who had been shot twice in the legs. Responding officers delivered medical treatment while they waited for the ambulance. The male was transported by ambulance as a priority one patient to the hospital. Officers from the Gang Unit, Crime Scene Unit, and Detective Bureau responded.
Officers on scene questioned Mr. Vera and Mr. Mendez. Mr. Vera said that he fired the weapon himself. Mr. Mendez claimed to have never touched the gun, and said that Mr. Vera had it the whole time. This was contradicted by the detail officers’ observations, as well as the security footage that captured the event. Mr. Vera was placed under arrest for Misleading a Police Investigation. Mr. Mendez was placed under arrest for Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a loaded Firearm, Discharge of a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, and Larceny of a Firearm.
While officers were administering first aid to the victim, a male, later identified as Eliezer Delvalle, twenty-three years old of 26 Channing St, kept yelling at a group of males while being held back. Officers advised him several times to stop trying to fight people at this volatile crime scene. Despite being warned, officers observed him screaming and walking with clenched fists toward another group of males. He was placed under arrest and charged with Disorderly Conduct.
The three suspects will be arraigned on Monday in Worcester District Court.