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March 3, 2014

SWAT team assists in arrest

SWAMPSCOTT — A 12-man SWAT team employing flash-bang grenades converged on 246 Humphrey St. yesterday and arrested a suspect in the Presidents Day shooting of an Everett convenience store clerk, police said. The clerk survived.

Gary Greene, 52, 63 Veterans Memorial Drive, Peabody, did not offer any resistance, according to Swampscott Detective Timothy Cassidy. Greene faces multiple charges, including assault to rob a person over 65, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the use of a firearm in committing a felony.

Swampscott Police were tipped to Greene’s whereabouts and Lt. Gary Lord passed the information on to Everett, according to Cassidy. The North Metro SWAT Team consists of Everett, Malden and Revere officers. Up to nine Swampscott patrolmen and detectives offered support. Officers achieved surprise by making simultaneous entrances through the doors of the dwelling around 6 p.m.

“It was just getting dark,” Cassidy said. A female companion was not arrested. Greene was booked by Swampscott Police and then turned over to Everett Police.

Humphrey Street and Blaney Street were shut down prior to the arrest. Nothing was found on the property, and there were no injuries.

Video taken from the scene of the Feb. 17 robbery was used to identify Greene, Cassidy said. One clerk was beaten and the second shot during the incident, police said. A second suspect remains at large.

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