A Mission Hill man is being held on $200,000 bail for his part in a drug deal that turned violent, leaving two peoplecritically injured, one from a gunshot and the other from a stab wound, authorities said.
Jonathan Chavez, 20, was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court Friday in connection with the Dec. 11 crime. He is charged with two counts each of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. He is also charged with armed home invasion and unlawful possession of a firearm. He returns to court on Jan. 5.
Authorities say he and another man — who police are still searching for — went to a Sunset Street home around 4 p.m. to buy a large quantity of marijuana, but instead paying for the drugs, they pulled out guns. In the moments that followed, the two victims, ages 21 and 22, were stabbed and shot, prosecutors said.
Boston EMS took the victimes to separate hospitals with life-threatening injuries. Each underwent multiple surgeries with more expected to follow, authorities said, and each one remains in critical condition.
"Because of the seriousness of the injuries, Boston police homicide detectives responded to the scene," Conley said in a statement. When he was arrested, Chaves appeared to have "a recent laceration to his hand and abrasions to his knees consistent with a physical struggle," he said.
The identity of the second assailant remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to share it with investigators at 617-343-4470.