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November 14, 2012

Arrest turns up robbery suspect

Man charged with domestic assault also wanted in armed holdup at store

DANVERS — A well-known furniture-maker who spent many years in Salem is now facing charges that he robbed a Danvers supermarket at gunpoint Saturday evening, making off with more than $5,000.

Roger Hedstrom, 57, of 238 Main St., Rowley, was caught after police in that town, called to his home the following day for a domestic disturbance, recognized him from a surveillance photo on the all-points bulletin put out by police after the holdup.

Hedstrom is charged with armed robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, the black handgun he allegedly pointed at three Market Basket clerks shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, according to a complaint and warrant issued yesterday in Salem District Court.

Court papers say the robber, described as a 50ish man in a dark jacket and baseball cap, approached the customer service counter at the Endicott Street supermarket, stuck the handgun under the glass window and demanded money.

The robber then handed one clerk a brown paper bag to fill with cash.

As the clerks emptied register drawers, they also pressed a holdup alarm. Someone else in the store called 911.

The robber was described as “impatient” in court papers, calling out “hurry up.”

The clerks handed him the bag, containing more than $5,000, and he fled. Another employee who was outside on a break saw the man run toward BJ’s Wholesale Club in an adjacent shopping plaza.

A search by the Danvers police dog and a state police airplane turned up nothing, aside from a homeless man who had started a small campfire in the area.

Then, on Sunday, police in Rowley arrested Hedstrom on a charge of domestic assault and assault and battery on a police officer.

Both Rowley officers and a Sheriff’s Department employee recognized him from the bulletin put out after Saturday’s holdup.

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