Police make fifth arrest in connection with New Bedford homicide

Aaron Bookman (left) and Angel Avecedo (Photos: New Bedford Police)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have made a fifth arrest in connection with a homicide in New Bedford on New Year’s Eve, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Aaron Bookman was taken into custody Thursday morning on a charge of obstruction of justice. Angel Acevedo was arrested later in the day Thursday, bringing the total number of arrests to five.

Bookman, 22, of New Bedford, did not enter a plea at his arraignment and his bail was set at $50,000. If he makes bail, the judge said Bookman will have to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Acevedo, 24, is being charged with accessory to murder- after the fact, according to DA Thomas Quinn. He was arrested Thursday evening at the New Bedford Police Department.

On January 6, three others were charged. All five individuals are charged in connection with the death of Aaron Gant Jr.

Gant, 24, was shot while sitting in a car on Grinnell Street on Dec. 31, according to police. He was later pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Chad Santos, 25, Kathleen Rivera, 24, and Lorena Rivera, 21, all from New Bedford, were arrested by city police after being questioned by investigators.

“Wrong place, wrong time. He wasn’t supposed to be there,” said Devonte Hunt, the victim’s friend. “He had 100 other places to be. It was New Year’s.”

The investigation into Gant’s murder is ongoing.

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