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Merrimack Valley

April 24, 2013

Merrimack Valley Bandit may be behind bars

Suspect sought in 15 robberies


The same Lawrence bank was held up again April 3, the first of eight robberies this month alone, including five in four days last week.

“Everywhere I went, there was a heightened level of fear by bank tellers and store clerks because of all these robberies,” Solomon said last night. “This arrest should alleviate some of their fears that the subject is now in custody and they can relax a little.”

The arrest yesterday, he said, was the culmination of a lot of hard work and coordinated efforts from area police departments.

“Detective DeLano has been full time on this, almost three months now,” he said. “It was a great coordinated effort from everyone around this area.”

Solomon said police expect further charges. Methuen detectives interviewed Beamud last night.

“All the charges from banks will be brought federally for one case,” he said.

Beamud has long been familiar to Salem police. He is the “primary and sole suspect” in a suspicious fire investigation in Salem, Patten said. That fire destroyed Beamud’s family home Feb. 18, 2012.

He was arrested Feb. 7 in Salem on drug charges after police discovered he had packed up and apparently planned to leave the area.

Before that arrest, Beamud had worked as a police confidential informant.

Once Salem police found out Beamud was about to flee, Patten said, police arrested him in the Fisk School parking lot, and charged with felony cocaine possession and a misdemeanor charge for transporting a controlled drug.

Beamud’s father, Rafael Beamud of Lawrence, has had his own troubles. In September, U.S. Marshals arrested a Salem, N.H., fugitive who was hiding in the elder Beamud’s home.

Rafael Beamud is a former Lawrence police officer and owner of the Copa Club in Lawrence. In September, the U.S. Marshals said they would summons the elder Beamud for hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and harboring a fugitive.




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