MIDDLETON — Three Danvers teenagers face a long list of charges after police say they broke into more than 10 cars early yesterday morning, then assaulted a police officer when he confronted them in the area of Maple Street and Kenney Road.
The incident set off a three-hour manhunt, and police are seeking a fourth suspect on a warrant, Patrolman Robert Peachey said.
Blair Stoney, 18, of 24 Patricia Road; Matthew Campbell, 18, of 9 Ardmore Drive; and Kyle Maffeo, 17, of 23 Prince St., Apt. 8, all of Danvers, face 11 counts of breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime to commit a felony, two counts of malicious destruction of property worth more than $250 for damage to officers’ uniforms, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, Essex County District Attorney spokesman Steve O’Connell and Middleton police said.
Maffeo and Campbell also face an additional charge of assault and battery on a police officer, police Chief James DiGianvittorio said.
All three pleaded not guilty in Salem District Court yesterday, O’Connell said. Prosecutors had asked for $1,000 bail on each person, but Judge Michael Lauranzano set bail at $500. Their cases were continued until Sept. 13. It was not immediately known if all three had made bail yesterday.
At approximately 3:15 a.m., off-duty Patrolman Charles Costigan was driving in the vicinity of Kenney Road when he saw four individuals walking down the street wearing backpacks, Peachey said. Costigan said that they were walking in “a suspicious manner” and that two of the individuals disappeared from view. Costigan called for a cruiser.
Patrolman James Bernhard arrived and found the individuals on Maple Street and Kenney Road. As Bernhard spoke with them, Peachey said, they assaulted the officer and fled. Bernhard suffered minor injuries, including some abrasions to his knees, but he was treated on scene by an ambulance and stayed on duty, Peachey and DiGianvittorio said.