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May 22, 2014

Man held after standoff with Beverly police

BEVERLY — After days of drunken beatings at the hands of her boyfriend, during which he allegedly punched, bit and struck her with a hammer, the woman didn’t know what to do, she told police.

Then, on Monday, Stephen MacDougall, 45, passed out after ingesting a mixture of alcohol and pills. The woman called his father.

“Run,” MacDougall’s father told her.

It would be another day before the 40-year-old woman would get the courage to flee the home at 16 Fosters Point Road — touching off a standoff between police and Stephen MacDougall on a stairwell inside the home, where at one point, MacDougall allegedly yelled, “Shoot me.”

MacDougall is being held without bail until at least Friday, when a hearing to determine whether he poses a danger is scheduled in Salem District Court.

MacDougall pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the hammer), assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Police were called by a neighbor to the couple’s home shortly after 2 p.m., after the woman ran from the home, pursued by MacDougall, and yelled for help.

He briefly dragged her back toward the house, but when police arrived, MacDougall quickly ducked inside and locked the door.

His girlfriend told police that over the prior several days, MacDougall had repeatedly beaten, bitten and slapped her, struck her in the back with a hammer and yanked her hair.

Prosecutor Michael Varone told a judge that photos of the woman show extensive bruises all over the woman’s body.

When police asked if she was aware of any weapons in the home, she told them that a couple of days earlier, MacDougall had been searching for a gun.

MacDougall refused to answer the door, police said. Officers saw him through a window and yelled at him to show his hands.

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