At arraignment, pair held without bail in Thorndike shootings

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UPDATED, June 8: Two homeless men were held without bail following their arraignment Monday, June 8, on charges connected to the shooting of two young men in a car in Arlington late Friday, June 5. Their vehicle struck one of the suspected shooters as the victims tried to flee, police said.

Peter Harris, 37, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder and firearms offenses.

Stephen Meyer, 60, was treated and released from a Boston-area hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. He faces similar charges. Meyer has multiple felony-arrest warrants and is held on those as well.

Harris is to undergo a mental health screening to determine whether he is competent. Meyer is held pending a dangerousness hearing set for Monday, June 15.

The last known address of both men is a homeless shelter in Boston.

The shooting victims remained in serious condition in Boston area hospitals, and we are told that they are both likely to survive, Chief Fred Ryan wrote in email update Saturday, June 6. One is a 21-year-old Somerville resident; the other is a 17-year-old Waltham resident.

Arlington Detectives continue to investigate the case and follow the facts in hopes of learning the motive for these shootings, Ryan wrote.

Additional felony charges may be filed against both men as the investigation continues.

"Preliminarily, this does not appear to have been a random act of violence," he wrote, "and both suspects remain in the custody of the Arlington Police Department and they no longer pose any danger to the public."
Ryan thanked members of the community for cooperating with our investigators as well as members of the Cambridge Police Department for its supports during the manhunt for the armed gunman.

K9 Dasty helps

"As our officers worked their way easterly from the crime scene in search of the suspect, Cambridge officers worked their way westerly toward the crime scene, and the suspect was captured in the middle by Cambridge Police Officers," he wrote. "After the suspect was placed into custody, Arlington police K9 Dasty and K9 Handler Officer Mike Hogan led investigators to a wooded area where the firearm had been discarded by the suspect."

John Guilfoil, an Arlington police spokesman provided the following account:

Police responded to a report, logged at 10:20 p.m. Friday, of two men shot in a motor vehicle.

Arlington police responded to the intersection of Lake Street and Mass. Ave., where they found two men in a Chevrolet sedan. Both had been shot at least once.
Police determined that the victims had been attacked near Thorndike Field, a park about one-half mile away.

Arlington Sgt. Robert Pedrini used the Boston Area Police Emergency Radio Network to alert neighboring police departments to the incident, with a description of a suspect.

Cambridge police quickly located the first suspect near the Alewife MBTA Station. Police found a handgun magazine in his pocket, and a handgun was located nearby.

At Thorndike Field, officers located a second suspect in the shooting. The man told police that he had been struck by a car and was injured. A preliminary investigation indicates that he had been hit by the victims' vehicle as they attempted to flee the attack.


This report was published Saturday, June 6, 2015, and updated lJune 8, to include arraignment.