, Salem, MA

December 24, 2013

Police: Suspects hold family at gunpoint

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — PEABODY — Two men forced their way into a Fulton Street apartment Sunday night and held the family inside at gunpoint while they went room-to-room in search of money, police said.

Police first received a report of the home invasion at 58 Fulton St. at 8:25 p.m., according to the incident log. The men were described as being white, in their 20s, with thin builds. One wore a black North Face Jacket, the other a Chicago Bulls hat. Both wore sweatpants.

After they got into the residence, the two suspects showed a knife and a silver handgun and then held the woman who lived there, her boyfriend and her 4-year-old boy while they searched the house and demanded money.

“After going through the house, room by room, both males fled on foot at an unknown direction,” police wrote.

The person who reported the crime said the suspects likely “went to a neighbor’s house, either downstairs or next door.” Police searched the area to no avail. They also checked with local taxi companies, but nobody had picked up a fare in the area.

Later, police spoke with three people who were seen hurrying into a residence on Davis Terrace, but they apparently weren’t the suspects. An officer also saw a person running in that area but was unable to locate him or her again.

State police assisted in the search, as did Salem police.

Multiple possible suspects were located and then cleared.

An officer said it didn’t appear that the suspects actually managed to steal anything.