, Salem, MA

July 11, 2013

Police: Female carjacker leads officers on chase in Peabody, Salem

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — A woman was arrested on multiple charges yesterday morning after she attacked two women in a parking lot in Peabody, stole one of their vehicles and then led police on a chase into Salem, police say.

Rosa Maria Guarino, 31, of 20 Crane Ave., Peabody, was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, speeding greater than reasonable, receiving stolen property and operating under the influence of drugs.

Additionally, Peabody police will summons Guarino to court on charges of two counts of carjacking and assault with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, Lt. Arthur Yeo said.

Guarino was being held without bail at the Salem police station last night.

The incident began shortly before 11 a.m., when Guarino assaulted a woman in the parking lot of the Stop and Shop on Howley Street in an attempt to steal her vehicle, Yeo said. When that failed, Guarino attacked a second woman in the parking lot, this time managing to steal the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Prizm, police said.

An off-duty Peabody officer was in the parking lot at the time and began following the vehicle down Boston Street, Yeo said, though it was unclear if that officer saw the attack. Peabody police put out a be-on-the-lookout alert as the officer followed the vehicle into Salem.

Police briefly lost track of the vehicle in Salem, but a Marblehead officer working a traffic detail on Loring Avenue spotted it and alerted police that it was headed toward Vinnin Square, according to a statement released on the Marblehead department’s official Twitter account. The vehicle soon returned to the area “at a high rate of speed,” and the driver refused to stop for the officer.

Police caught up to the vehicle as it went down Lafayette Street toward Riley Plaza, where a second Marblehead officer on a different detail “observed the vehicle get stuck in traffic when it went down a one-way street the wrong way,” according to the statement.

“The officer was able to approach the vehicle and ordered the female driver out of the car,” wrote police. “He successfully placed the suspect in custody, aided by other arriving officers.”

An officer said Guarino was “definitely” impaired at the time of her arrest, though it was unclear from what.

There were no injuries during the chase. It was unclear whether either woman Guarino allegedly attacked sustained injuries.