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November 25, 2012

Wrong ID leads to arrests

Police: Couple not the pair wanted in NH abuse case

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Later, the woman living with Cloutman arrived, and she told officers she’d dropped off a man and a woman in the vicinity of Brimbal Hills Drive.

“They didn’t want to have contact with police,” Ray said. “That raised our suspicions even more.”

The search was broadened. It included more than a half-dozen Beverly officers and the state police fugitive apprehension unit, including dogs. Lemieux was found hiding in a shed on Kinsman Street, according to a police press release.

His capture and arrest, however, revealed conclusively that he was not Dow. Police believe the reason he fled was because of the active warrant for disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

Lemieux’s female companion was not discovered, according to the chief, but police know her name and identified her as a Peabody resident.

Given the mounting coincidences, Ray offered no criticism of his officers for pursuing the matter vigorously. The Salem tip followed multiple reports that Dow and Linscott had been seen here on the North Shore.

“We act on the best information we have at the time,” he said. “Our officers did a good job. They had information which would lead someone to believe these two individuals (Dow and Linscott) were in the city.”

The nature of the New Hampshire crime may have sharpened the attention of the police.

“A lot of my officers are parents and have children,” Ray said. “I’m sure they are horrified (by Dow and Linscott) like the rest of us.”

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