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December 14, 2012

Methuen woman pistol whipped, suspect sought

METHUEN — Police say a man pistol whipped a woman in a Grove Street apartment yesterday morning and fled.

The woman, whom police did not identify last night, was treated at Holy Family Hospital, and then flown to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Police Lt. James Jajuga, Jr., said they did not know the identity of the suspect. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was in and out of consciousness as emergency medical personnel took her from the apartment at 19 Grove St.

“We could not conduct a through interview,” Jajuga said. “She did describe the suspect as a thin black male wearing a black ski mask.”

Jajuga said the woman did not identify the man, but described him and said he beat her with a black handgun.

Police said in a statement the woman suffered facial fractures and head injuries. The Methuen Police Department obtained a search warrant and collected evidence from the scene with the State Police.

In addition to the beating, the suspect took some items from the apartment, Jajuga said. Police have not yet determined a precise motive, but “do not believe this was a random act, instead the suspect targeted the apartment,” according to the statement.

“There is a possibility that this could be drug related. Though at this time, we can’t say to a certainty what a motive was,” Jajuga said.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information should call Methuen Police at (978) 983-8676 and ask to speak to a detective.

The police have released a photograph and a video of the suspect taken from the apartment building’s video system. You can view the video at eagletribune.com, on the Methuen Police Department’s Facebook page, or on YouTube.




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