By Jill Harmacinski
---- — SALEM, Mass. – A 33-year-old Lawrence man charged in a violent home invasion in Methuen, and another invasion and sexual assault in Bedford, N.H., remains in jail on $250,000 bail.
Charles Normil was formally arraigned yesterday in Salem Superior Court on charges of home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of property valued over $250.
Normil is charged with breaking into an apartment building at 19 Grove St., Methuen in December and beating a woman with a dangerous weapon. The woman involved, who police believed Normil targeted, suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to a Boston hospital.
He was arraigned on Feb. 15 in Lawrence District Court, where his bail was set at $250,000.
In Superior Court yesterday, prosecutor Andrew J. Camelio asked for the same bail to stand, to which Judge John Lu agreed. Camelio also noted Normil is facing criminal charges in New Hampshire and said authorities here are cooperating with that investigation.
Earlier this month, Normil was charged with Nov. 24 break-in at the Bedford, N.H. home of Dr. Eduardo Quesada, 52, and his wife Sonia, 29. New Hampshire authorities said they would seek extradition for Normil and another unnamed suspect for allegedly stabbing Quesada in the head with a screw driver several times and sexually assaulting his wife. The couple’s 2-year-old daughter was unharmed.
Normil is charged in New Hampshire with two counts of attempted murder and first degree assault, one count each of burglarly, aggravated felonious assault and falsifying evidence. The motive of the attack is believed to be money, authorities said.
The Quesada case received further notoriety after the couple suffered a second beating in a home owned by Dr. Quesada’s mother, also in Bedford, N.H. Sonia Quesada was killed and Dr. Quesada was found unconscious next to her body. Police said the second case was an ugly coincidence.
Normil previously served five years in state prison in Walpole afrer pleading guilty the robbery of seven Merrimack College students in 2001. The students were laid face down in a parking lot and fleeced of their wallets while Normil and three others, including one with a gun, stood over them. He was released from prison in 2006.
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