DORCHESTER, MA (WHDH) — A Boston man accused of shooting a man and kidnapping his own son was held on high bail Monday.

Juan Ayala-Powell appeared in Roxbury Municipal Court Monday on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing bodily injury, kidnapping and endangering a minor by a relative, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Bail was set at $150,000.

He was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim or witnesses. He must also wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and abide by a curfew.

According to prosecutors, Ayala-Powell and two other residents of a Blue Hill Avenue apartment were involved in a verbal argument Thursday night. Ayala-Powell allegedly left the building with a child but returned later that night and began arguing with the same people, shortly before 11:40 p.m.

He allegedly shot one of the the people in the stomach and drove off in a 2004 Ford Explorer.

The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries.

The child’s legal guardian filed a missing person report shortly after 3 a.m. Friday after Ayala-Powell failed to bring the child home.

The child was later found at the Dorchester home of a person who was known to Ayala-Powell.


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