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December 18, 2013

Pair arrested after report of fight involving gun

SALEM — Police say two people were arrested Monday night after they tried to break into the Wheatland Street residence of a man who had allegedly struck one of them in the face.

Matthew C. Roach, 28, of 50 rear Jefferson Ave., Salem, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of malicious destruction of property over $250 and violating the city’s knife ordinance.

Megan Irene Leary, 31, of the same address, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, three counts of malicious destruction of property over $250, violating the city’s knife ordinance, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and attaching plates to a motor vehicle.

A 10:25 p.m. report of a fight possibly involving a firearm brought numerous officers to 17 Wheatland St., where they determined two suspects had already left in a white pickup truck, according to the incident log and an interview with Sgt. Frederick Ryan. Police located the vehicle around the corner on Lawrence Street and then arrested Leary and Roach.

Ryan said that the two had tried to kick in the side door of the Wheatland Street residence and that they had also damaged the building’s front door and electric box. He added that Leary claimed that the man living at that residence had struck her in the face the previous week.

A BB gun was recovered at some point during the ensuing investigation, Ryan said.

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