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November 15, 2013

SWAT team arrests Beverly man in beating

BYFIELD — In a highly coordinated and planned operation, more than 30 police officers from across the region converged upon a Byfield business yesterday evening and arrested a Beverly man accused of viciously beating a local woman days earlier.

Mark Rosen, 41, of 39 Beckford St., Beverly, surrendered without incident after a North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team surrounded the clam-processing facility on Grove Street where he worked.

“He had no choice but to be cooperative,” Newbury police Deputy Chief John Lucey Jr. said.

Rosen was charged with attempted murder, threatening to commit a crime, and domestic assault and battery. Police believe he seriously injured a female victim last weekend and that a firearm was involved with the attack.

Lucey would not comment more on the alleged attack.

Because of the alleged use of a firearm, Newbury police sought and obtained a high-risk warrant for Rosen yesterday afternoon around 1 p.m. That prompted Newbury police to call NEMLEC command around 3 p.m. and issue a request for a SWAT team. Half an hour later, the first of more than 30 police officers from as far away as Wakefield assembled inside a business parking lot off Kents Way. By 4:30 p.m. the entire team, which included two armored carriers and surveillance vans had assembled inside the parking lot, Lucey said.

Lucey said police had information that Rosen was leaving his job that night and would pick up his last paycheck at the facility. That gave the team an opportunity to visit the facility beforehand and deploy where necessary.

When Rosen arrived, police ordered him to surrender, which he did without incident.

“It was 100 percent successful,” Lucey said.

Rosen was expected to be transported to the Middleton Jail last night pending his arraignment today at Newburyport District Court.

Newbury joined NEMLEC last summer, and last night’s arrest marked the first time the department had called for assets to assemble in the community. Lucey defended the use of so many police officers, saying that having a highly trained team working together made sure the situation didn’t escalate to something more dangerous.

“They’re ready for you; they’re ready to help,” Lucey said.

NEMLEC, with headquarters in Wilmington, is composed of 57 departments and 3,200 officers from across Middlesex and Essex County, including Salem, Danvers, Beverly, Amesbury and Rowley.

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