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July 11, 2012

Man linked to Methuen beating victim arrested on warrant

LAWRENCE — Police have arrested a man linked to the woman who was severely beaten in her home yesterday.

James R. McMackin III has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for unpaid fines related to a previous domestic assault and battery case against him, according to Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon.

Solomon said McMackin hadn't paid his fines for a December 2011 case in which he was charged with domestic assault and battery, intimidating a witness and larceny over $250.

The victim in that case is the same woman who was beaten in her home yesterday, he said.

Sarah Plazola, 33, of 605 Lowell St., suffered serious face and head injuries and had to be flown by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston for treatment.

According to an article in the Dec. 17, 2011 edition of The Eagle-Tribune, McMackin, 29, also of 605 Lowell St., was arrested twice in the space of several hours for assaulting his girlfriend.

Police had been called to his home about 4:58 p.m. on Dec. 15 for a report of a domestic dispute, that resulted in a 911 emergency call.

Police said McMackin was released after he was booked and returned to the Lowell Street home.

Police returned there about 3:29 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in response to another 911 call.

When they arrived the victim indicated her boyfriend had been arrested earlier for assaulting her.

When he returned home an argument ensued and he threatened to assault her again, then grabbed her by the neck and pushed her onto the bed.

This time, police stationed officers at the back and front doors and caught McMackin as he ran out the back door, seeking to avoid being arrested.

He was charged with a second count of assault and battery on a household member, resisting arrest and threatening to commit a crime, police said.

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