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Mass. man wanted for attempted murder arrested in Manchester

March 15. 2013 11:25AM


MANCHESTER - A Lawrence, Mass. man wanted for attempted murder was arrested Thursday afternoon at a Clinton St. apartment.

Alexander Lopez, 36, allegedly stabbed Juan Gonzales, 31, of North Andover in the chest on March 7 on South Union Street. Gonzales remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Lawrence police obtained warrants for Lopez' arrest on March 11. The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force learned he fled to New Hampshire and on Thursday tracked him to an apartment in the 40 block of Clinton Street and arrested him without incident.

Lopez was turned over to Manchester police and charged with being a fugitive from justice on warrants issued in Lawrence on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault.

Police on Thursday also arrested a man wanted in Burlington, Vermont for aggravated domestic assault.

Joseph Pickens, 42, who police described as a transient, was arrested at a Central Street address. Manchester police received information Pickens was in the city and were checking a number of addresses for him when they located him on Central Street.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Pickens allegedly assaulted a 48-year-old woman on March 9 in Burlington. The woman, whose name police withheld, remained hospitalized as of Thursday police told the Vermont newspaper.

Pickens is wanted on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

Both waived extradition at hearings  Friday morning in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division.

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