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August 20, 2013

New DNA report links suspect to rapes

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Three months later, in November 2012, prosecutors went back to court and fought for the case to go forward.

MacDougall Revealed the DNA link then, noting the new evidence created “a far more viable case.” Judge John Lu agreed and set bail at $50,000. Poirier was immediately shackled and taken into custody by court officers.

In the August decision that freed Poirier temporarily, Judge Timothy Feeley ruled Methuen police had no legal basis to stop Poirier’s car and arrest him in October 2010. Feeley ruled the 2 a.m. traffic stop in a Methuen industrial park was a “warrantless stop” and that all observations by police and statements by Poirier, along with any evidence seized, “must be suppressed.”

One of the rape victims had identified Poirier from a booking photo taken after that arrest. Due to Feeley’s decision, her identification was tossed from evidence.

The woman who said she was raped on Oct. 10 said she was walking on Howe Street at 5 a.m. when she was forced into a car, driven to a secluded area near the Haverhill line and sexually assaulted. The woman told police there was no handle on the passenger’s door of the car, but that she struggled with Poirier and escaped.

After Poirier was charged with rape and was arraigned in Lawrence District Court, another woman came forward, telling police Poirier had forced her into his car and sexually attacked her on May 23, 2010. The woman, who lives in the Pleasant Valley Street area, said that just after midnight she had stepped outside her apartment to get some air. A man in a red and white car stopped and asked her for directions.

When she approached his car, the man the victim identified as Poirier allegedly threatened to shoot her with a small handgun he had in the center console of his car. He ordered her into the passenger seat and drove on to Pleasant Valley Street and down Old Ferry Street to an area with brush, trees and open space, she told police.

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