, Salem, MA

December 20, 2013

Man charged in holdup of pizza delivery driver


---- — BEVERLY — A Beverly man who recently completed a two- to three-year prison term for two holdups in 2010 was arrested Wednesday night after police say he lured a pizza delivery driver to an address on Park Street, then robbed him at knifepoint.

Dasheem Dew, 21, of 332 Rantoul St. was arraigned yesterday in Salem District Court on a charge of armed robbery while masked. Judge Michael Lauranzano ordered him held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Dec. 27.

Police are also eyeing Dew as a suspect in five other robberies in Beverly, Salem and Danvers, said Sgt. David Richardson, the Beverly police department’s police prosecutor.

The holdup Wednesday night took place just before 7:30 p.m., when a delivery driver from Papa Gino’s in Beverly was directed to an address on Park Street in downtown Beverly, prosecutor Lars Trautman told the judge.

The driver saw no one around and got out of his car to call the restaurant and check the address when he was approached by a man wearing a red mask and holding a knife.

The robber, later identified as Dew, held a knife to the driver’s throat and demanded, “Give me all your money,” Trautman told Lauranzano.

“I have a family, don’t do anything stupid,” the driver responded.

“I don’t care. Give me all your money,” Dew allegedly told him.

The driver handed the robber about $100.

It was the second such holdup in Beverly in less than a week; on Friday night, a similar robbery of a pizza delivery driver was reported on Rantoul Street.

Officers found footprints in the snow near the scene of the holdup and ended up at 332 Rantoul St., an apartment where Dew has lived off and on in recent years. Another man, Shaun Levesque, 31, who also lived there, was once described by prosecutors as a modern-day Fagin who groomed troubled youths for a life of crime.

Levesque was most recently sentenced in July for the theft of a woman’s purse from her car while she was getting gas.

Prosecutors believe that Levesque put Dew up to two holdups in 2010, at Tedeschi’s on Cabot Street and at Century Bank on Rantoul Street.

Levesque has not been charged in connection with Wednesday’s incident.

Trautman told the judge that police spoke to people in the Rantoul Street apartment who said they had seen Dew playing with a knife earlier.

They later compared the footprints at the scene to Dew’s sneakers.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.