BEVERLY — Two Salem men are being held without bail and two juveniles are also facing charges in connection with what police say was an assault and armed robbery Sunday night near Manor Road in Beverly.
Luis Angel Braude, 30, of 9 Cloutman St. and Jovan Lee Cortes-Amaral, 18, of 172 Marlborough Road pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery at their arraignments Monday afternoon in Salem District Court. They're scheduled to be brought back to court Thursday for a hearing to determine whether their release poses a danger.
Two juveniles, a boy and a girl, were charged in Juvenile Court, which is closed to the public.
Police say the victim, a 19-year-old Peabody man, told them that his girlfriend had driven them to the area to meet a friend early Sunday evening.
Instead, as soon as the car stopped, three men approached in dark clothing and began to bang on the window, then opened the door.
The men pulled him from the car, punched him, and took his backpack. When he tried to retrieve it, he told police, one of the men pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him, and then hit him on the head with it, causing a wound to his temple.
The Peabody man said that as he tried to get back into his girlfriend's car, she also punched him several times and pushed him out, then backed up, causing the open passenger side door to knock him to the ground.
Prosecutor Haleigh Reisman told a judge that the man is still in the hospital as a result of his injuries.
The man told police that he ran to a nearby home, on County Way, and yelled for help. The residents of that home called police.
Meanwhile, another resident, on Manor Road, called police to report seeing three men running from the fire road into 806 Manor Road.
With several police officers already at the scene, Beverly police sent out additional officers, and received assistance from Danvers police, a Salem police officer and his police dog, three state police troopers and four SWAT officers from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. Several of the surrounding apartments were also evacuated, according to a police report.
A woman leaving through a back door was questioned by police. She said that the people in her apartment were friends and said she didn't know what they were planning.
She said the girl came in first, and woke her up, saying that Braude was on his way back. When he returned, with Cortes-Amaral and the boy, they were carrying a backpack.
She also said that earlier in the day, when the men came to the apartment, the girl handed Cortes-Amaral a bag with a gun in it, which he put into his waistband.
Reisman also asked Judge Emily Karstetter to revoke Braude's bail in a pending Salem drug possession case.
Defense attorney Thomas Gately, who represents Cortes-Amaral, questioned the account, noting that no gun appears to have been found at this point. He suggested that there is more to the story.
Karstetter granted the prosecutor's request to schedule a hearing on her detention request and ordered that Braude and Cortes-Amaral remain in custody at least through then.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.