The sister of a Charlestown man accused of fatally shooting another local man on May 7 was charged this week with intimidating potential witnesses.
Jelaine Flores, 18, of Charlestown was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of witness intimidation and one count of making annoying or harassing phone calls, according to a press release from the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Flores is the sister of Pablo Flores Jr., 20, who is named in a murder warrant in connection with the May 7 shooting death of Charlestown resident Steven Jones, 21, according to the DA’s office. Pablo Flores remains at large.
Jones was fatally shot in the area of 92 Monument St. in Charlestown on Tuesday, May 7. The incident was reported at 10:18 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police reports.
“In the days following Jones’ homicide, Flores allegedly contacted two potential witnesses to the crime, threatening both with bodily harm. She allegedly threatened one during a phone call and the other in a Facebook message, allegedly calling that victim a ‘snitch,’” according to the district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said in court Wednesday that they believe both incidents were meant to derail the investigation into Jones’ death.
“If you threaten a witness to stymie an investigation, we’re going to charge you,” Conley said in the press release. “It’s that simple. No one should be threatened, insulted, intimidated or coerced because of what they know.”
At the arraignment on Wednesday, Judge Lawrence McCormick ordered that Jelaine Flores be held on $3,500 cash bail and, upon her release, wear a GPS tracking device and have no contacts with the victims.
She is due back in court on June 19.
Boston Police are still investigating the shooting and encourage anyone with information to contact them at 617-343-4470.
Anyone with knowledge of Pablo Flores’ current whereabouts is urged to contact investigators as well.
Individuals who prefer to remain anonymous may contact the CrimeStoppers tip line at 800-494-TIPS or text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).