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Fifth arrest in Enfield murder investigation

News   •   Jul 19, 2017 19:17 BST

[Image: Joao Ricardo Gomes]

Detectives investigating the murder of Joao Ricardo Gomes in Enfield have made a fifth arrest.

A 14-year-old boy [E] was arrested this morning, Wednesday, 19 July, at an address in Enfield on suspicion of murder and grievious bodily harm. He was taken to a north London police where he remains in custody.

This follows the arrests of three boys - aged 14 [B], 15 [C] and 16 [D] - on Thursday, 29 June, on suspicion of murder and grievous bodily harm. [C] was also arrested on suspicion of theft.

The first arrest in this investigation was made on Tuesday, 23 May. A 14-year-old boy [A] was arrested on suspicion of murder.

All four have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command continue to investigate and appeal for information about the murder.

On Saturday 13 May, police were called shortly after 22:30hrs to a fight involving a number of people on Hertford Road, Enfield.

Officers attended and found an 18-year-old man - later identified as Joao Ricardo Gomes - suffering from stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held on 16 May gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

A 19-year-old man (Victim 2) and a 17-year-old male youth (Victim 3) were found nearby on Palmers Lane, also suffering from stab injuries. They were taken to hospitals by London Ambulance Service and have since been discharged.

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any information that could assist police with their investigation, should contact the incident room on 020 8217 6582 or contact via twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit