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3d suspect arrested in Framingham slaying

A third suspect in the November killing of a Framingham man was arrested Tuesday in Philadelphia, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said Friday.

Jeremy Rodriguez , 19, of Framingham faces charges in the Nov. 20 slaying of Juan Lopez, 21, of Framingham.

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The two other suspects, Jose Cruz, 16, of Framingham and Bryan Pertarb, 20, of Hudson were arrested Dec. 18 and were arraigned the next day in Framingham District Court. They are being held without bail pending their arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court on Feb. 14.

All three have been indicted on multiple charges, including murder, attempted armed robbery, and armed assault with intent to rob, Ryan said in a statement.

Rodriguez was arraigned Wednesday in a municipal court in Philadelphia on fugitive from justice charges. He is being held without bail and is slated to return to the court Feb. 18 for a rendition hearing.

“Following an extensive search by state and local police, and with the assistance of Philadelphia police, we have arrested this suspect who we allege was the shooter in this homicide,” Ryan said.

Framingham police received reports of the shooting at a parking lot on Second Street at 10:57 p.m. on Nov. 20. When they arrived, officers found Lopez in the driver’s seat of a car, with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Lopez was transported to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, where he was pronounced dead.

Police allege that Lopez parked his car on Second Street that night to take some marijuana out of the trunk and bring it into the car. When he was seated, Rodriguez allegedly approached the car and fired a single gunshot through the driver’s side window, killing Lopez.

The three suspects fled from the scene, police said.

Cruz and Pertarb were found and arrested by Framingham police a month later, but Rodriguez eluded them. Police in Philadelphia launched an investigation after receiving a tip he might be hiding there.

“This case is a frightening reminder of the violence that accompanies the business of buying and selling illegal drugs,” Ryan said.

The case is being investigated by state and Framingham police.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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