FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford man, who forcefully robbed a home and shot at the person who lived there, has been convicted of the crime.
Prosecutors with the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said Orlando Perez-Calderon was armed with a gun when he forced his way into a Clara Street home on January 11, 2017.
The district attorney’s office said Perez-Calderon demanded money and rifled through personal items belonging to the man and his wife.
At one point, he put a pillowcase over the victim’s head and shot at him when he ran away.
Perez-Calderon was eventually arrested in October 2018 in Springfield, Mass.
He was convicted Thursday on charges of armed assault in a dwelling, armed assault with intent to rob, attempted assault and battery by discharge of a firearm and carrying an illegal firearm.
District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in a news release, “I’m very pleased the jury convicted the defendant of this outrageous act of violence. This very easily could have been a homicide.”
Perez-Calderon is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 31 in Fall River Superior Court.