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May 2, 2014

Police: Suspect in beating leaves court, returns to victim's home

SALEM — A homeless man charged with attacking a woman in Salem Tuesday night was released from custody yesterday, then showed up at the woman’s home an hour later, police said.

Prosecutors yesterday sought $2,000 cash bail for Brian Jamieson, 58, who was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery and appeared in Salem District Court yesterday.

Judge Michael Lauranzano rejected the request, instead releasing Jamieson, who lists a Beverly homeless shelter as his address, on $1,000 personal surety — an order that means Jamieson would potentially only have to post that bail if he fails to appear in court. He was released from custody following his arraignment.

Lauranzano did order Jamieson to stay away from the woman and have no contact with her.

Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski, the department’s police prosecutor, said he received a phone call about an hour later from the police station, asking about Jamieson’s status.

Police had just received a call from the Northend Avenue woman, who said Jamieson was pounding on her sliding back door and trying to force it open, and yelling threats that he was going to “get her” and “kill her,” according to a summary in the Salem police log. He drove away before police arrived.

On Tuesday night, Salem police were called to the woman’s home after she reported being attacked by Jamieson, a friend of her boyfriend.

The woman said Jamieson shoved her to the floor, then repeatedly kicked her until her boyfriend pulled Jamieson off her. He was found in the basement of the home on Wednesday night and placed under arrest.

Now, he’s facing arrest again, after Salem police obtained another warrant yesterday charging him with threats and witness intimidation.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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