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March 4, 2014

Man held in carjacking try on teen

BEVERLY — A man described by his lawyer as a homeless relapsed alcoholic has been charged with a violent carjacking attempt on a teenager at a downtown Beverly gas station Sunday evening.

Police say Greg Vigliotta, 46, approached a 17-year-old Beverly resident who was filling his car’s tank at Hess on Cabot Street around 6:30 p.m.

Vigliotta asked the teen if the car was his, then climbed inside and closed the door. When he realized that the keys were not in the ignition, he got out of the car and demanded that the teenager hand them over, police said.

When the teenager refused, Vigliotta shoved the boy and poured the bottle of booze he was holding over him, then dropped it on the ground, police said. The teen ran into the gas station yelling for someone to call police.

As the teen and a second customer were inside calling 911, police said, Vigliotta entered the station. A struggle ensued as he tried to wrest the keys from the teen, who was shoved into two metal display racks holding sunglasses and candy, according to a police report. As the teen scrambled behind a counter for safety, the other patron, a 37-year-old Beverly man, got between them and was shoved into the counter.

Vigliotta then ran outside, where the older patron tackled him and held him to the ground until police arrived.

As officers showed up at the scene, just a few blocks from the police department, Vigliotta was yelling obscenities, police said. It took four officers to get him into handcuffs and a police cruiser.

While the teen and the older patron declined medical attention, the clerk inside the store, a 19-year-old woman, was taken to Beverly Hospital for an anxiety attack brought on by the incident.

Vigliotta pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court to charges that include attempting to commit carjacking, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest

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