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June 20, 2013

2 women charged in robberies

Police say pair threatened elderly shoppers with knife

HAVERHILL — Haverhill police detectives arrested two women in connection with a recent spree of armed robbery attempts that targeted elderly people who were out shopping.

The arrests were the culmination of an intensive investigation launched a week ago after six victims — all of them older than 65 — reported being approached by a blond woman who claimed to be homeless with children and asked for money. The woman pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened to stab them if they refused. Only one of the victims complied with the robber’s orders

Haverhill police Lt. Robert Pistone said detectives were so incensed by the nature of the crime — “elderly victims being preyed upon” — that they worked long and hard hours to solve the crime.

“The elderly citizens of Haverhill deserve to live in peace and feel safe in their community and the Haverhill Police Department will always commit 100 percent to making sure our vulnerable populations are protected,” Pistone said last night.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work of the patrol force for their initial response to the victims and all the hard work and dedication the Detective Bureau put into identifying these suspects, and finally apprehending them which will hopefully bring some peace to the victims knowing that these predators have been arrested,” he said.

Pistone credited the victims’ descriptions of an older model Subaru station wagon with New Hampshire plates and the knife-wielding woman with leading to yesterday morning’s arrests. Detective Glenn Fogarty located the suspected car travelling on Laurel Ave Bradford with two female occupants shortly before noon yesterday.

Police charged:

Michelle Legault, 35, of Barrington N.H., with armed robbery, four counts of armed assault with intent to rob a person over the age of 65, attempted larceny from a person and sexual conduct for a fee.

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