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Merrimack Valley

October 21, 2012

Police investigate Bradford Street home invasion

LAWRENCE— Police are investigating a reported home invasion on Bradford Street.

They have made no arrests and no one was injured in the incident that happened late Friday night.

Maria Sepulveda, 25, of 82 Bradford St. told police she was in her apartment watching TV with her uncle and daughter when someone banged on the side door about 10:30 p.m., according to the police report.

She told police she tried to flee with her daughter when they heard a large bang at the door, but were stopped by two men, one she believed was armed with a gun. She described them as hispanic males of thin build, clean shaven, in their 20s with accents that were possibly Dominican.

While they were walking back, she said she heard the alarm on her car and saw another man driving off. The two men with her then ran off toward the Bradford projects.

Her uncle, Miguel Segura, 53, told police three men entered the apartment and demanded money.

Sepulveda’s boyfriend, who identified himself as Martin Jimenez, arrived at the apartment afterward and was overheard by police telling her in Spanish that the men did not search the apartment and only wanted the vehicle.

But Sepulveda had told police the men had searched the apartment and officers saw beds turned over and opened drawers, as if someone had.

Interviewed separately, Sepulveda and her boyfriend denied any wrongdoing and said they don’t know why the incident happened.

Police alerted area departments to keep an eye out for the vehicle.

Methuen police recovered the Chrysler Pacifica wagon yesterday morning on East Brook Place.

“We do believe these people were accosted,” Chief John Romero said yesterday.

But police are continuing to investigate the incident and the possible motive for the home invasion.

The chief noted the presence of personal valuables and electronics in the apartment that were not taken by the men.

Romero said police are not ruling out the possibility the incident may be drug related.

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