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Merrimack Valley

November 14, 2012

Police: Man lured by sale of Xbox beaten, robbed

Investigators given false report of gunman in area to confuse them, report says

HAVERHILL — It was a crime involving a man lured by a chance to buy a popular video game system, only to be knocked down and kicked by robbers who took $300 from him, police said.

Police said it also included investigators being told there was a gunman in the area to throw them off the trail of the alleged robbers.

When it was over, police arrested two men and charged them in the robbery — and took a pair of boots into evidence.

Police charged William Haley, 30, of 164 Old Mill Road, Sanford, Maine, and Robert Caracoglia 38, of 15 Central St., third floor, with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. After they were arrested, officers searched Haley and found $191 on him, including a $100 bill the victim said was taken from him, police said. Caracoglia had $163 on him when searched him, police said. Haley’s work boots were placed into evidence due to the report of the victim being kicked, according to the police report.

At their arraignments yesterday in Haverhill District Court, Judge Patricia Dowling found there was probable cause to hold Haley and Caracoglia without bail until a dangerous hearing on Monday. The hearing will determine whether they are too dangerous to be released on bail and therefore should be held for a longer time.

Police said the arrests stemmed from a complex, sometimes chaotic situation that unfolded late Tuesday night at the edge of downtown.

According to a police report, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers John Little and James Coutreau responded to a disturbance reportedly involving a gun at 15 Central St., just west of the downtown train station. When they arrived, a woman was yelling from a third-floor window that a man wearing a white hat ran down a nearby alley and that he had a gun. Little chased after the man while Coutreau remained at the building.

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