Alleged Shooter Ordered Held Without Bail
Sun Staff Report
LOWELL -- A 40-year-old Lowell man accused of shooting a man three times off Merrimack Street last week was ordered held without bail Thursday, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Jose Aponte, 40, appeared at Lowell District Court for a dangerousness hearing on Thursday, and Judge Ellen Caulo ruled that he is too dangerous to be released pending trial, said Liz Vlock, spokeswoman for the DA’s Office.
Aponte will now be held without bail while the case against him is pending.
Aponte allegedly shot a 35-year-old Lowell man three times in an alley near Merrimack Street the night of Sept. 18. He was charged with armed assault with intent to murder and armed robbery. The victim was shot in the abdomen and transported to a Lowell hospital before being taken to a Boston trauma center.
An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Aponte met the victim in an alley, where he tried to rob him.
The incident escalated when Aponte allegedly shot the 35-year-old.
Aponte turned himself in to police shortly after they publicized the fact that he was wanted on a warrant in connection with the shooting.
Aponte’s next scheduled hearing is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23.