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March 24, 2009

North Andover man charged with beating pizza shop employee

A North Andover man, who owns a pizza shop in Tyngsborough, is accused of beating an employee with a bat and sticking a gun in his mouth because he thought the man stole $20,000.

Eric Sideri, 46, of 6 Russell St., North Andover, was arraigned yesterday in Lowell District Court and is being held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Thursday so a judge can decide whether to set bail, according to Corey Welford, spokesman for the Middlesex County district attorney's office.

The victim told police he is a manager at Angela's Coal Fired Pizza on Middlesex Road in Tyngsborough, which is owned by Sideri. The victim said Sideri seemed like he was in a bad mood Saturday night and left without saying goodbye to anyone. Another manager, Al Guevara, who works at the Saugus store, came in.

The victim said the cleaning crew showed up around midnight and Guevara told them to leave and come back in the morning because employees were going to have a meeting, according to a police report by Officer Michael Cassella.

Guevara counted the money they made that night, then picked it up off the table and held it. Then, Sideri allegedly burst into the room and hit the victim in the leg with a wooden baseball bat and asked, "Where is my money?"

Sideri accused the victim of stealing $20,000, the victim told police.

"He said that Eric told him, 'This can take one minute or it can take all night,'" the police report said.

Sideri repeatedly hit the victim with the bat and the bat broke on a chair. Sideri zip tied the victim's hands behind his back and punched him and hit him with the bat, the victim told police.

Sideri pulled out two handguns, a big one and a small one. He held the big one and said, "This will blow your brains out," the police report said.

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