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November 14, 2012

Arrest turns up robbery suspect

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


Police had obtained clear images from the store’s security cameras, and the officers concluded that Hedstrom bore a “striking” resemblance to the middle-aged man seen robbing the store, according to court papers.

Also raising their suspicions was a comment that Hedstrom allegedly made to his wife as he was being arrested, to the effect that if she told anyone what he had done, “I will put you 6 feet under.”

Employees later identified Hedstrom in photo arrays they were shown by Danvers police.

Hedstrom was in Newburyport District Court yesterday to face the domestic abuse charge; he’s expected to appear in Salem District Court as soon as today to answer to the armed robbery case.

He was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail in the Rowley case, with conditions that he stay away from the victim and submit to random alcohol screens, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County district attorney’s office.

Hedstrom had run a business called Hedstrom Fine Woodworking at several locations in Salem until a few years ago. He appeared on the PBS show “This Old House” when the program was renovating a historic Salem home in the 1990s.

Last year, according to court records, he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listing more than $300,000 in liabilities and just a handful of assets, including his woodworking tools. The bankruptcy was granted in January.

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

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