Police: One arrested, another wanted for assault with a firearm

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Left: Abel Rivera-Alvira (ARRESTED), Right: Benjamin Rivera-Alvira (WANTED)

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Police say one suspect is in custody and another remains at large following an assault with a firearm that happened Tuesday night.

According to police, just after 9:30 p.m., officers with the Salisbury Police Department were called to the 800 block of College Lane for a report of an assault with a firearm. On arrival, officers met with the 27-year-old female victim, who reported that she had responded to a residence in the area to meet with a former boyfriend, identified as 26-year-old Abel Rivera-Alvira, to obtain personal belongings. During the contact, Abel allegedly pulled out a knife and forced the victim to perform a sexual act.

During the course of the incident, police say Abel then pulled out an AK-47 style rifle and gave it to his brother, identified as 23-year-old Benjamin Rivera-Alvira. The victim was able to flee the residence and back to her vehicle when she heard approximately two gunshots. The victim also reported hearing Abel telling Benjamin to shoot her, and when she turned and looked she saw Benjamin holding the rifle and pointing it at her.

The victim was able to get back in her vehicle and flee from the residence as she saw Benjamin get into a vehicle with the rifle. The victim then called 911 and provided a description of Benjamin and the vehicle he was driving. A short time later, officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit with Benjamin. The vehicle was located, unoccupied, in an alleyway adjacent to Tilghman Street.

A search and seizure warrant was conducted on the vehicle Benjamin was driving, leading to the recovery of an American Tactical .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a suppresser. It was also learned that the pair were prohibited from owning or possessing regulated firearms.

Abel Rivera-Alvira was located at his College Lane residence and was placed under arrest for first and second degree rape, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and attempted first and second degree murder.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Benjamin Rivera-Alvira on charges of first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and firearm possession with a felony conviction.

Anyone with information on Benjamin’s whereabouts is asked to call the Salisbury Police Department at 410-548-3165 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of Benjamin.

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