Suspected Gang Member Who Fired Shots into Lawrence House Apprehended

Massachusetts State Police Release — 08142018 — Suspected Gang Member Who Fired Shots into Lawrence House Apprehended

Aug. 14, 2018–State Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension (MSP VFAS) Section today located and arrested a suspected member of the Trinitario street gang who fired multiple gunshots into a Lawrence home where children were present.

In that shooting, no one was hit with gunfire, but the shooter, who was on a dirt bike, and another suspect on a motorcycle, evaded responding officers by leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. The next day, Lawrence Police and MSP VFAS Troopers arrested the second suspect, JEREMY FLORES, but the suspected shooter, identified as WILMER ROQUE, 22, of Methuen, remained at large at that time.

That changed today, when, as a result of their continuing investigation, MSP VFAS Troopers located ROQUE late this morning at the Sunoco gas station at the corner of Broadway and Arlington Street in Lawrence. ROQUE, who was putting gas into a moped he was operating, tried to flee from the Troopers but was quickly apprehended.

Lawrence Police and ATF agents quickly responded to assist Troopers. Police found substances believed to be heroin and cocaine in ROQUE’s possession and determined that the moped he was riding was apparently stolen. Troopers and officers subsequently obtained a search warrant for the moped and located a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun with a full magazine containing 15 rounds.

ROQUE was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, attempted murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon for the Lawrence shooting, as well as with fresh narcotics and firearms charges related to today’s arrest. He is also the subject of an Essex Superior Court warrant for trafficking cocaine.

This past weekend, ROQUE was spotted in and around Lawrence riding what looked like the same dirt bike used in the Aug. 8 shooting into the house. ROQUE was observed operating erratically and at times against traffic, putting the lives of the public in danger, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed. He again fled from Lawrence patrol cruisers when they tried to stop him.

Lawrence and State Police continue to investigate multiple shootings that occurred in Lawrence over the weekend. Investigators are looking into whether ROQUE could be connected to those shootings, which are believed to be gang-related.

ROQUE will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court tomorrow.