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March 5, 2013

Peabody man held in attacks on ex, police

SALEM — A man who police say had to be pulled off his former girlfriend after an officer found him strangling the woman in a Salem shopping center parking lot Saturday evening is being held without bail.

Dana Turgeon, 41, of 573 Lowell St., Peabody, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court to a string of charges, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, drunken driving, and resisting arrest.

Patrolman Sean Andrus suffered a cut to his face and damage to his uniform during a violent struggle with Turgeon, according to a police report.

Police were called to the parking lot outside The Home Depot on Traders Way shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, police said. Andrus was the first to arrive and saw Turgeon standing over the woman with his hands on her throat, according to his report.

The officer yelled at Turgeon to stop, but, police said, Turgeon ignored his orders, leading Andrus to pull Turgeon off the woman, who began gasping for breath.

As Andrus tried to put Turgeon in handcuffs, Turgeon broke free and swung at the officer, hitting him in the face, according to the report.

Andrus said Turgeon repeatedly tried to punch and bite him as he was trying to put him in handcuffs.

Even a blow from the officer’s baton to Turgeon’s leg didn’t work to subdue him, police said.

A second officer, Patrolman Ryan Davis, arrived with his police dog and tried to help subdue Turgeon by using pepper spray. But Turgeon kept fighting, police said. At one point, Turgeon tried to gouge Andrus in the eye, but missed, leaving a cut on the officer’s lip from his fingernail, according to the report.

The woman told police that she and Turgeon, her former boyfriend, had been at his brother’s house in Lynn drinking when Turgeon became belligerent and insulting.

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