Police say two shot as part of citywide robbery spree Sunday morning

A pair of men arrested in Roxbury Sunday morning are charged with five armed robberies from Dorchester to Hyde Park that left two Dorchester residents in the hospital with gunshot wounds.

The Boston Police Department says Carlos Rivera, 24, and Eric Cruz, 23, were both charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of armed robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.

Police say their morning started around 6 a.m. at 94 Howard Ave. in Dorchester, where they robbed a man and shot him several times. He was taken to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Following armed robberies in the Fenway and Hyde Park, police say, the two returned to Dorchester, where they robbed and shot a man outside 47 Sydney St. shortly after 7:35 a.m. He was taken to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive.

After another armed robbery in Roxbury, police say, the two repaired to Warren Street in Roxbury, where officers found their car. In a statement, police say:

"The officers set up a perimeter and initiated surveillance of the car. Officers noticed one of the suspects appeared to be sleeping in the front passenger seat. Minutes later, the driver returned and officers promptly moved in apprehending both suspects. Officers recovered a firearm during a search of one of the suspects."

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