A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Rogelio Alvarado, 23, of two counts of assault and battery by discharging a firearm and two gun charges for a 2016 attack at the Maverick T stop that sent two men to the hospital - only one of them the rival gang member he was aiming for - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, Alvarado, an MS-13 member, got into an argument with a member of the rival 18th Street Gang on an inbound Blue Line train on the afternoon of Jan. 19, 2016. Both men got off the train at Maverick, the DA's office says:
[Assistant DA Stacey] Pichardo proved that Alvarado produced a firearm, sparking 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 about the time of the conflict was struck as well, suffering a graze wound to the front of his head. Both men were transported to area hospitals and survived their injuries.
Alvarado then got in a cab and fled, eventually making his way to New York's Long Island. He was arrested in Huntington, NY last July for driving on the wrong side of the road, forcing cars out of his way. Police there contacted their counterparts in Boston after looking up his record.
Alvarado was not among the 61 MS-13 members indicted in federal court in 2016 on various charges related to the murders, drug dealing and gun running. In an affidavit related to that case, an FBI agent involved in the investigation said it is common for MS-13 members facing charges in one area to run to another, where members will provide them housing and support.
He is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, the DA's office reports.