A Boston restaurant owner wanted by police after he shot a man outside a pastry shop last week was arrested Friday by the Boston Police Department’s Fugitive Unit.
Patrick Mendoza, 54, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon (firearm), assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery by battery, police said in a release. He was ordered held without bail, according to the Fox affiliate. Boston 25.
According to the news station, Mendoza, co-owner of Monica’s Trattoria, allegedly rode his motorcycle to Modern Pastry on Hanover Street in Boston on July 12 and opened fire. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was finally taken into custody after an eight-day manhunt.
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Mendoza had been feuding with the man he allegedly shot, and was reportedly on probation for an assault on the same man, the Boston Herald reported, adding that his probation would have reportedly expired the day of the shooting. She also reportedly has at least two other court-documented incidents involving the man, who allegedly lived above the pastry shop.
“He saw the individual that he had prior cases with, he was actually on probation the day of the shooting,” Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nockey said in court Friday, Boston 25 reported. “He fired multiple shots at the individual, saying, ‘This is going to be quick. I’m going to kill you.’ Fortunately, none of the shots hit the individual, but he did hit the window of Modern Pastry.”
Witnesses to the alleged shooting told police it was like the “Wild West,” according to the Herald.
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“Mendoza started swearing and yelling at him, calling him [expletive]A witness told police, Boston 25 reports.
Another witness claimed he said, “I’m going to kill you mom (expletive)! It’s going to be quick,” according to the Herald.
The alleged victim said he ran behind a parked Jeep after hearing two shots, and claimed that “one shot hit the front window of Small & Modern Pastry,” the Herald reported. He said he ran “for my life” after Mendoza fled until he found a police officer.
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Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nockey said the commonwealth will seek to detain Mendoza and has requested a hearing as soon as possible.