SALEM — Police ordered a man out of his car at gunpoint this afternoon, arresting him in connection to an armed robbery in Peabody earlier in the day.
Adolfo Tejeda Jr., 28, of 6 Heritage Drive, Salem, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a class D drug (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a felony, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a large capacity (ammunition) feeding device.
Police say Tejeda was involved in an armed robbery — stealing a dog from another person — just after 11 a.m. today, Friday, May 3, in the Aborn Street area of Peabody.
The incident remains under investigation and Peabody police declined to release further details this evening. However, the robbery was not a random crime and the two people involved knew each other, police said.
After the robbery, Peabody police alerted area departments to be on the lookout for a white Honda driven by an “armed and dangerous” suspect. The Honda’s license plate was registered to a Heritage Drive address in Salem.
Salem police set up surveillance on Heritage Drive that afternoon and located the Honda parked at 5 Heritage Drive, said Salem police Detective Thomas Brennan.
Tejeda was quickly stopped after he exited a building on Heritage Drive and got into the Honda, attempting to leave.
Police drew their weapons to remove Tejeda from the car because the earlier robbery involved a handgun and he was known to be armed, said Brennan.
When searched, police say they found a loaded 9 millimeter handgun in Tejeda’s waistband and 5 ounces of marijuana in his jacket.
No other suspects are being sought in connection to the robbery, as of this evening.