EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 10, 2013

Phone leads police to robber

Staff report
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — It wasn’t technically a bank robbery. It was more like a robbery at a bank.

Methuen police tracked down a man yesterday, whom they believe pushed a woman over at a TD Bank branch and ran off with her purse, by using his own cell phone against him.

They arrested Derek Rodriguez, 33, of 7 Arnold St., apartment 1, on Broadway near Center Street and charged him with unarmed robbery, assault with intent to maim, receiving stolen property over $250 and assault and battery.

He is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

Police responded to the TD Bank branch at 547 Broadway for a report of a domestic incident. A woman told police she was assaulted and robbed of her purse as she was getting into her car after leaving the bank. She said Rodriguez threw her to the ground and, after a struggle, bit her hand to take her purse.

Police said Rodriguez left in a blue 2003 Saab toward Salem, N.H. Officer sent a signal to his cell phone to determine his location, found him and arrested him.

The following items were recorded recently in area police logs:

The following items were taken from recent area police logs:



:Arrest: Cole Hodge, 21, of Swanzey, N.H., possession of a class A drug, North Main Street, 5:30 p.m.


:Dog bite: Bullfinch Drive, 12:37 p.m.

Quarantine notice: Dog that caught bat in mouth put in quarantine, Willard Circle, 2:56 p.m.

Theft: Canoe stolen, River Road, 5:38 p.m.



Vandalism: 22 Iris Way, 8:30 a.m.

Breaking and entering a motor vehicle: 1 Carleton Square, 1:02 p.m.

:Arrest: Kathleen McCarthy, 43, 20 Victor St., Unit 1, operating after suspension, no inspection, Broadway at Edgewood Avenue, 5:10 p.m.

Arrest: Jose Perez, 35, 16 Bartlett St., assault and battery domestic, 16 Bartlett St., 9 p.m.

Arrest: Jack Pinzari, 44, Brentwood, N.H., idle and disorderly, 1 Washington Ave., 8:36 p.m.

Arrest: Carla Vachowski, 43, 13 Cedar St., assault and battery domestic, 13 Cedar St., 9:10 p.m.

Breaking and entering a motor vehicle: 14 Longview St., 10:39 p.m.



Armed robbery: Woman said she was held up at knifepoint, Hampshire and Park streets. Stolen was clutch purse containing cell phone, keys, license, bankcard stolen, 12 a.m.

House break: 189 High St., apartment door forced. Air Jordan sneakers, assorted jewelry, desktop computer, Plasma television, stereo speakers, SUV keys and three checkbooks stolen, 188 High St., 3:46 p.m.

Unwanted guest: 18 Winter St., 5 a.m.

Car crash: South Union and Salem streets, no injuries, 7:11 p.m.