, Salem, MA

January 7, 2014


The Salem News

---- — Beverly


Police received a 4:08 p.m. report that a suspicious man was in a yard at 22 Story Ave., but they were unable to locate him.

Police received a 4:51 p.m. report of a possible assault at 119 Essex St. Subsequently arrested in Saugus was Jefferson Leo Purcell, 46, of the same address, on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and battery, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Officer Mike Boccuzzi said Purcell had tried to strangle a woman with an electrical cord during a dispute, and that the woman had reported the incident from Salem Hospital.


A woman reported at 12:57 a.m. that her purse had been stolen from her vehicle at 22 Thorndike St.

A 2:25 a.m. report that somebody had heard arguing in a downstairs apartment brought police to 11 Whitney Ave. Police wrote later: “No arguing and no answer at the door, only a dog barking.”

Somebody at 224 Beaver Pond reported at 3:38 a.m. that he or she believed somebody was in the house. “Door blown open,” police wrote later. “All OK.”

Police responded to Water Street and Silver Court after a 6:01 a.m. report of a suspicious truck. “Fisherman looking at conditions to see if he would go out today,” police wrote later.

Police received a 1:40 p.m. report that people were possibly smoking marijuana at 17 Conant St. Police wrote later: “One joint confiscated and destroyed.”



Police responded to 86 Andover St. after a 2:13 p.m. report of suspicious activity and determined a man had punched his vehicle after it broke down, injuring his hand. He declined medical transport.

Police responded to 19 Raymond Circle at 4:59 p.m. on a report that the caller’s beer pong table was recently stolen from his shed.

Police were called to a Victoria’s Secret at Northshore Mall on Andover Street at 5:53 p.m. where three women caused a disturbance while “possibly trying to return merchandise,” the log said. The caller stated the three women knocked over several displays and became belligerent. Mall security reported they followed the three females to their vehicle, which then “fled the area toward Container Store.”

A caller from 8 Crownshield St. reported to police at 6:51 p.m. that her partner had threatened to slit her throat with a knife. Police spoke to both parties involved and determined they had a verbal argument over future living arrangements.

Police responded to a call from 278 Newbury St. at 8:36 p.m., where a woman reported her son was intoxicated and causing a disturbance. According to the report, the woman stated her son fell on a glass table and was bleeding from the head and hand.


A caller from 2 Sandra Road reported to police at 10:19 a.m. that he or she found an injured stray dog.

Police responded to a caller at 43 Andover St. at 1:02 p.m. who said her upstairs tenants told her that a window was shot out of their apartment. According to the report, two windows were damaged by a BB gun.



Police were called to Humphrey street at 11:42 a.m. where a man complained his neighbor “walked into his property and waved her arms at him.” The caller added that the woman spoke to him in an “aggressive manner.”



A caller at 20 Andrew Road reported gunshots to police at 5:33 p.m. Responders confirmed the sounds were fireworks.



Police responded to a call from Essex Street at 4:17 p.m., where a woman reported the windshield of her car had been smashed by an “unknown object.”


Police responded to a 9:18 p.m. report of a “woman with knife” at 41 Boston St. and subsequently arrested Jose Collado, 28, on charges of assault by a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance. Collado also had a warrant issued out of Fall River. Also arrested was Monique Reed-Guillemette, 21, of 38 Boston St., Salem, on charges of domestic assault by dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance.

A caller from 10 Heritage Road reported to police at 10:35 a.m. that her neighbor texted her “and stated that he was going to kill her, stab her in the face, and blow up her car.” According to the report, the caller said she believes he is angry because he wants to have a relationship with her, and she rejected him because she became engaged the night before the incident.

Police were called to 96 Bridge St. at 11:34 a.m. on a report of a “phone scam.” The caller said he received a call from someone claiming to be from National Grid and that “he owed monies or his electricity will be shut off in an hour.”

Police responded to a call from 127 Canal St. at 2:01 p.m. after a woman said someone had tampered with her mail. According to a police report, the caller came home to find a package that was delivered to her “was found ripped open and one item stolen out of it.”

Police were called to 122 Lafayette St. at 3:11 p.m. on a report of a “road rage dispute.” Both parties were advised to stay away from each other and control their anger in the future, according to a police report.

Police responded to a 4:36 p.m. report of a break-in at 43 Boston St. and subsequently arrested Steven Frank Swain, 51, 4 Druid Ave., Peabody, on a charge of attempting to commit a crime.



Police responded to a 10:49 p.m. report that somebody was breaking bottles at AMC Theatre at Liberty Tree Mall and subsequently arrested Kristaq Stefani, 19, of 59 Washington St. in Canton on a charge of disorderly conduct.


A 9:27 a.m. report of an unwanted guest at 2124 Kirkbride Drive resulted in the arrest of Stephen Florentino, 28, of the same address, on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.