For Immediate Release - March 09, 2007

Defendant In Haverhill Home Invasion Sentenced To 20-25 Years

A Lawrence Superior Court jury today found Yubar Perez, 22, of Worcester, guilty of armed home invasion and armed robbery following a nine-day trial. The jury deliberated for about 11 hours over the course of three days before returning its verdict.

Judge Howard J. Whitehead sentenced Perez to 20-25 years for the armed home invasion, and imposed a concurrent 12-15 year sentence on the armed robbery conviction.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Marcia H. Slingerland proved that in the early morning hours of August 9, 2004, Perez, wielding a handgun, was one of three men who burst into a home at 6 Park Street in Haverhill.

Perez pointed the gun at the father in the home, and at the man's 13 year-old son. At the same time, another man ran into the father's bedroom and stole a briefcase containing a large amount of cash, which the victim had received as part of an insurance settlement.

The men then fled. The father called 911 and a police chase ensued. The chase wound its way to Pelham, NH, where the robbers' vehicle crashed. Three individuals were caught in the vicinity within the next few hours. Shortly thereafter, Perez went to a nearby convenience store and began offering people large amounts of money to take him to Lawrence. His actions were captured on the store's videotape.

A customer at the store who happened to be going in that direction offered him a ride. Later, after learning of the police chase, the motorist wondered if he'd given one of the suspects a ride, and contacted police. He identified the defendant from a photo array, as did two of the victims of the home invasion. Perez was later arrested on a warrant charging him with the crimes.

Co-defendant Anthony Cruz, 20, of Webster, is awaiting trial and is scheduled to be in court on Monday. Co-defendant Felix Rivera, 24, of Southbridge, is in default. As for the other man captured in the vicinity of the crash, he was not identified as one of the men who took part in the home invasion.