, Salem, MA

November 27, 2013

Salem woman held in assault on boyfriend’s mom


---- — SALEM — A Salem woman was ordered held without bail yesterday following her arrest Monday evening on charges that she slammed her boyfriend’s mother into the floor repeatedly, causing injuries to her face.

Tiffany Zemp, 28, of 53 Belleview Ave., was charged with two counts of assault and battery on a person over 60 and a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the floor) on a person over 60. The incident occurred at the home where the alleged victim, who is 66, also lives.

The woman told police that she and Zemp were arguing over a plumbing issue when Zemp grabbed her by the hair, took her to the floor in a struggle, then slammed her face against the floor, while also grabbing her wrist hard enough to cause what looked like fingernail marks.

Zemp’s boyfriend pulled Zemp off of his mother, then told Zemp to take a walk, police said.

Officers arriving at the home shortly before 6 p.m. saw Zemp walking down Belleview Avenue and saw the victim sitting in the driveway. The woman said she’d gone to a neighbor’s house for help.

The woman, whose nose was bleeding, was treated by an ambulance crew.

Police filed reports with North Shore Elder Services and the Department of Children and Families, because Zemp’s two children, ages 1 and 3, apparently witnessed the incident.

Zemp was out on bail in two pending cases, including an attempted larceny of a PlayStation console and money last September from a woman who told police she’d met Zemp in a methadone program. Zemp was also awaiting trial on some traffic offenses.

Judge Matthew Machera granted a request by prosecutors to hold Zemp without bail as a danger to the public pending a hearing on Friday. He also revoked Zemp’s release in the earlier cases.

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