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March 29, 2011

Man charged with theft, intimidation held on $3,000 bail

HAVERHILL — A man who allegedly entered a former employer's car, stole his wallet and threatened to kill him if he went to the police was ordered held on $3,000 cash bail yesterday.

Jesus Quintana, 29, of 157 Winter St., pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny and witness intimidation.

Kevin McCarthy was at Tony's Pizza shop on Winter Street at 1 p.m. Thursday when he saw a man in his car, according to a police report. McCarthy struggled with Quintana and tried to retrieve his wallet, police said.

When Patrolman Lance Dawkins arrived at the scene and asked what was happening, Quintana told him "everybody is all set," Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said. The following day, however, McCarthy contacted the police and said Quintana stole his wallet, which contained $470 in cash as well as credit and gift cards.

McCarthy also told police Quintana threatened him, saying, "Better keep your mouth shut or I'll kill you," DePaulo said.

Quintana's lawyer, Andrew Benson, said Quintana has a disability and used to work for McCarthy. Benson said McCarthy owns some local properties.

"Mr. McCarthy struck first," he said in asking Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany to let him go on his own recognizance.

DePaulo asked for $7,500 cash bail, pointing out Quintana has a four-page record and has been incarcerated for assault and battery and drug distribution.

Abany imposed $3,000 bail and ordered Quintana to be back in court April 27 for a pretrial conference.

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