READING — The second suspect in Monday's turned himself in to police in the company of his attorney Tuesday, according to a release from the Reading Police Department.
Police said the victim identified Quinlan Junta, the 21-year-old son of “” Thomas Junta, as one of two assailants who struck him with a black handgun, beat him, then stole a “substantial amount of money.”
When speaking to media Monday, police called Junta a “person of interest” in the crime and said they would like to speak to him.
Officers got that opportunity Tuesday when Junta arrived with an attorney at the station. Police arrested him before he was arraigned at Woburn District Court and charged him with home invasion, armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Police arrested the other alleged assailant, Jason Molle, 20, of Stoneham, in Reading shortly after the crime Monday.
Police stopped a car on Summer Avenue—less than two miles from the apartment complex where the crime occurred and less than half a mile from Junta’s house—which matched the description given by the victim.
Police said they found Molle, who was uncooperative and denied all involvement with the crime, behind the wheel. Officers searched his car and found marijuana and pain killers, the department said.
Following Molle’s arrest, police stood-by outside of the Junta family’s Hancock Street home while the department secured a search warrant for the premises.
Officers executed the warrant early this morning, police said, and found “several items of interest,” but neither Junta nor the handgun.
While police now have both suspects in custody, they have yet to find the weapon allegedly used in the crime.
Police said they don’t believe that the crime was a random act because Junta and the victim knew each other.