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Wanted North End restaurant manager in police custody

Patrick Mendoza is in custody, according to police.

Mendoza, 54, was wanted by police for allegedly shooting at a man outside Modern Pastry last Wednesday. He faces an array of charges, including assault to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and multiple firearms offenses, according to the Boston Police Department.

Mendoza was apprehended in Falmouth down on Cape Cod, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

Police said in a statement, “On Friday, July 21, 2023, Officers assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Patrick Mendoza on a warrant issued out of Boston Municipal Court for: Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault and Battery, in relation to an incident that occurred on July 12, 2023 at 257 Hanover St., Boston.”

He is expected to be arraigned in court today.

A police report said a suspect identified as Mendoza fired “three shots” at a man and then fled on “a bike with the handgun still in hand towards Cross St.”

Witnesses saw “a skinny white male in his 40s that looked homeless, riding a dark color bike heading towards the Greenway,” according to the police report.

Mendoza is the manager of Monica’s Trattoria, another North End spot. The Boston Licensing Board is weighing whether the operation should remain open.

He did not appear at a Thursday board meeting that was called to review his “character and fitness” as licensee and manager of record for the North End restaurant.

An attorney for the restaurant called on officials to follow their “own precedent” and allow for a replacement manager to be appointed.

Mendoza had not been present at Monica’s Trattoria for eight days, the Herald reported on Thursday. Two of his brothers and his wife were helping run the business, according to the restaurant’s attorney.

The man Mendoza is accused of shooting at told police he was standing in front of Modern Pastry shop at 10:30 p.m. when a suspect approached on a bike and “began swearing and yelling at him, calling him (expletive) face,” according to a police report.

After more words were exchanged, the suspect dropped the bike on the street, reached behind his waist, and pulled a firearm, according to the police report.

Mendoza, police said, shot what was described as a “snub-nosed .38” revolver, missing the man but leaving a bullet hole in the front window of Modern Pastry.

This is a developing story …

A bullet pierced the window of Modern Pastry, a go-to bakery in the North End. A 54-year-old Boston man is accused of firing the weapon that caused the damage. (Chris Van Buskirk/Boston Herald)

Chris Van Buskirk/Boston Herald

A bullet pierced the window of Modern Pastry, a go-to bakery in the North End. A 54-year-old Boston man is accused of firing the weapon that caused the damage. (Chris Van Buskirk/Boston Herald)

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