The MS-13 gang member from New York charged with shooting of a rival gang member and an innocent bystander inside Maverick MBTA station in 2016 was found guilty last week in Suffolk Superior Court.
Rogelio Alvarado, 23, was arrested in New York state on July 12, 2017 for the January 19, 2016 shooting after a multi-state manhunt and later tried for the crime.
After less than a day of deliberations, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Alvarado of two counts of assault and battery by discharging a firearm and single counts of unlawfully possessing a firearm and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Jurors acquitted Alvarado of an additional count of armed assault with intent to murder.
“Gun violence is the number one public safety threat facing Boston today,” said District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “If you pick up an illegal firearm, if you fire it in a public place, if you hit your target or a bystander or anyone else, we’re going to prosecute you. I want to thank the Boston and Transit police who responded to the scene and investigated the facts, the prosecution team who marshaled the evidence and the law for trial, the witnesses who stepped forward and testified to their observations, and the jurors who returned a fair and just verdict.”
During three and a half days of trial, Assistant District Attorney Stacey Pichardo of the DA’s Gang Unit introduced evidence and testimony proving that Alvarado, a resident of Huntington, NY, had a gang-related conflict with a 29-year-old fellow passenger while traveling inbound on a Blue Line train on the afternoon of January 19, 2016 just before rush hour. The two men got into a scuffle on the train and once off the train at Maverick Station in East Boston Alvarado produced a firearm.
This sparked a physical altercation during which Alvarado shot the victim twice at close range. The victim was struck twice in the back.
A second man, age 42, exiting the train at Maverick at the time of the fight and subsequent shooting was struck as well, suffering a graze wound to the front of his head.
Both victims were transported to area hospitals and survived their injuries.
Alvarado fled the train station in a taxi and made his way back to New York. He was apprehended by Huntington Police on July 12, 2017, after driving the wrong way down a roadway and forcing other motorists off the road.