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May 24, 2014

Hearing delayed in Salem kidnapping, abuse case

SALEM — A dangerousness hearing for the man charged with kidnapping and threatening to kill his former girlfriend last weekend was postponed yesterday.

Robert Scribner, 43, of 10 Taft St., Marblehead, was arrested after a quick-acting Salem police dispatcher used a GPS signal from the cellphone of Scribner’s alleged victim to locate the truck they were in on Sunday night.

The woman had dialed 911 after Scribner took off while they were sitting in his truck, discussing their relationship, according to the report. The dispatcher, Mark Griffin, could hear the woman’s screams for help before the call was disconnected.

The dispatcher then contacted the cellphone provider and was able to get another signal from the phone’s GPS, while using the subscriber information to identify the victim. He used that, in turn, to identify Scribner as a possible suspect.

Scribner, who until his arrest was working as a custodian at Marblehead High School, was initially determined to be able to afford his own attorney.

But yesterday, after he told his attorney that he’d lost his job, Scribner was found to be eligible for a court-appointed lawyer.

An attorney from the state Committee for Public Counsel Services will now represent Scribner. But that change in counsel led to a postponement of the hearing until next Wednesday.

Scribner remains in custody at Middleton Jail.

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

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