January 4 2019,  Revere

Man allegedly shoots cousin in gang-related incident

By Tara Vocino

A Revere police cruiser is shown in the rear of 16 Pleasant St. days after Hector Emilio Hernandez allegedly shot his cousin, Steven Mejia in what was allegedly a gang-related incident.

A Chelsea man is being held on $100,000 cash bail at the Suffolk County Jail on charges of armed assault to murder and carrying a firearm without a license, after a reported shooting and stabbing in a second-floor apartment kitchen at 16 Pleasant St. in Revere at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Saturday.

The alleged shooting victim, Steven Mejia, 27, of Chelsea, who witnesses say is suspect Hector Emilio Hernandez’s cousin, remains hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Jorge Ariel Zarzar, 23, also of Chelsea, who was reportedly stabbed and carjacked in Chelsea earlier that night, was transported to Beth Israel Hospital, for stab wounds.

MGH Senior Public Affairs Officer Julie Cunningham said Mejia remains in fair condition, as of Wednesday afternoon. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Senior Media Relations Specialist Lindsey Diaz-MacInnis said Wednesday afternoon that she didn’t have any information immediately available about Zarzar’s condition on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Press Secretary Jake Wark, during Hernandez’s arraignment on Monday in Chelsea District Court, Judge Dunbar Livingston ordered Hector Emilio Hernandez, 24, of Chelsea, to stay away from Mejia, Zarzar, the witness, and from 16 Pleasant Street,

According to a narrative written by Sgt. Robert Impemba’s Gang Unit, Revere Police Sgt. Michael Trovato saw Zarzar’s car in front of the house on Pleasant Street.

In an interview with Impemba, a witness, who police have asked not to be identified, stated Hernandez removed a black handgun from his waist area and shot Mejia, according to Impemba’s narrative. The witness told police that the men were arguing and yelling about gang-related items, and heard the Chelsea Savage Gang, “CSG,” mentioned repeatedly. Chelsea Police Det. Michael Noone told Impemba that Hernandez was an identified associate of Zarzar. The witness also saw Hernandez and Zarzar flee the apartment’s kitchen and run down the steps to the front door, according to court documents.

The witness allegedly told police that Mejia, who was lying in a pool of blood, picked up a kitchen knife off the counter and stabbed Zarzar in the stomach multiple times. The witness also heard Mejia say, “I’m stabbed, he stabbed me,” and then saw Zarzar punch Mejia in the face, according to the report.

After conducting a cellular phone ping warrant for Hernandez’s phone, detectives arrested Hernandez in the backyard of 23 Calumet St., where he was attempting to flee from police, according to Impemba’s narrative.

He was due back in court on Thursday for appointment of counsel.

Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com.