Suspects plead not guilty in Woburn heist, cop shooting
The four people accused of carrying out an armed jewelry store heist in Woburn in which an officer was shot pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.
Antonio Matos, 25, and Hector Baez-Cruz, 21, both of Boston, were ordered held on $500,000 bail. Erianiss Murillo, 17, of Dorchester and Allegra Martinez, 18, of Providence, were ordered held on $250,000 bail.
The group entered their pleas in front of a large contingent of police officers there to show their support for one of their own who was shot during the September robbery.
Authorities said they took $150,000 from Musto Jewelers and fled down a stairwell where they encountered an officer. That’s when Matos allegedly shot the officer and the group fled. Matos, however, was also shot by responding officers and was caught immediately after the robbery.
Shot cop recovering
Officer Robert DeNapoli, 51, was first on scene as the alleged robbers fled the jewelry store.
He was shot four times and spent three days in the hospital recovering.
DeNapoli appeared in court yesterday to face the people accused.
Since the robbery occurred, DeNapoli’s son, Robert DeNapoli Jr., has been sworn in as a Woburn reserve police officer and is following in his father’s footsteps.