A Bennett Street man reported at 11:17 a.m. that he had received a cellphone call from somebody who said they were holding his brother captive. Police wrote: “Gabriel was then told that his brother would be killed if he did not send $1,500 via Western Union to Puerto Rico. Gabriel contacted his brother Calvin who reported being at work and that he was fine.”
A 12:11 p.m., an officer at 46 Wallis St. arrested Jason Thomas Lee, 35, of the same address, on charges of assault and battery and destruction of property.
A 2:46 p.m. report of an argument brought police to 31 Salem St., where a woman said she’d been “speaking loudly with her nephew.”
Police received a 6:33 p.m. report that somebody had stolen a Gateway laptop from a front porch on Buffum Street. Police wrote that the man who it belonged to “remotely connected to his laptop by software he had installed on it and spoke with an unknown person through messaging. This person stated they did not know the computer was stolen and would bring the laptop to the police station. Laptop was never brought to the station.”
A 6:50 p.m. report of a larceny brought police to 11 Russell Drive. Police wrote: “Clear, caller cancelled, umbrella found in woods due to strong storms in area.”
An investigation into a stolen $1,300 mountain bike brought police to 81 Highland Ave., according to an 8:18 p.m. log item. Subsequently arrested was Gabriel Guillen, 18, of 91/2 Meadow St., Salem, on a charge of larceny of property over $250, and Miranda Giering, 18, of 121 Highland Ave., Salem, on a charge of receiving stolen property.
A 9:55 p.m. report of a disturbance brought police to 31 Salem St., where they determined a woman was yelling at her ex-boyfriend. Police wrote: “She said that he was calling her names and texting her bad names. She was told to go to Salem District Court and get a harassment prevention order. She was also told to call us if he came back.”