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February 24, 2010

Woman finds stranger in home, husband tackles him

SALEM — A Salem family was left shaken and angry after a man police are now calling a career criminal smashed his way into their home early yesterday morning.

Carlos Vieira was arrested inside the Rawlins Street home, where he was being held down by Wayne Turner after a violent struggle. Vieira also allegedly pushed and shoved Turner's wife, Deanna, and his daughter, Christine, and smashed several items.

"I'm still emotionally a wreck over this," Deanna Turner said yesterday afternoon.

Vieira, 31, of 2 Esquire Circle, Peabody, is being held on $25,000 cash bail on charges of unarmed burglary and assault on an occupant and two counts of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property. He's also being detained without bail pending a probation violation hearing in an earlier case — one of numerous priors.

It was around 5 a.m., and Deanna Turner, the owner of Droll Designs, a small business that makes home decorations, was up having a cup of coffee in her living room when she heard some noises from the dining room.

"I though it was my cats," she said. "All of a sudden, I hear this screaming."

She ran to check and saw a man she did not know on the floor.

"What are you doing in my house?" she recalled yelling.

As the man, later identified by police as Vieira, stood up, Deanna Turner tried to push him away and realized he reeked of alcohol and was soaking wet. Vieira was yelling something about men trying to kill him as he moved around in the small room, knocking over a stereo and smashing a mirror.

"I just kept screaming," Deanna Turner said.

Within moments, her husband and daughter were coming down the stairs.

Vieira tried to flee into the darkened kitchen, shoving the couple's daughter and then running straight into a wall and falling over.

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