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February 15, 2011

Suspect in violent assault is hunted down by helicopter

DANVERS — A state police helicopter last night helped authorities track down an attempted-murder suspect as he hid underneath a pickup truck at T.G.I. Friday's on Route 1, police said.

Police searched for Marco Haynes, 38, of Boston, following a violent altercation with his girlfriend, Danvers police Lt. Carole Germano said. Haynes is charged with attempted murder (strangulation), two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a knife and a shod foot), and one count each of witness intimidation and malicious destruction of property.

Police responded to the Residence Inn by Marriott on Route 1 last night following a report of an altercation, Germano said.

Germano said Haynes threatened his girlfriend with a knife, and there was a "physical altercation." He then pulled the telephone cord out of the wall, Germano said.

Haynes fled when police were called. Police began searching for him, and the state police air wing was called in, Germano said. The helicopter used heat sensors to locate Haynes. Even though he was hiding underneath a truck, the sensor still picked up the heat coming off Haynes' body, Germano said.

Danvers and state police responded to T.G.I. Friday's, which is next door to the Residence Inn.

Haynes is being held on $20,000 bail and will be arraigned today at Salem District Court.

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