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Merrimack Valley

April 30, 2013

'Bandit' suspect confessed to string of bank robberies

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Beamud is being held without bail and was transferred to Plymouth County Correctional Facility following his court appearance last week.

He was arrested April 23 after a routine traffic stop in Salem, N.H. Beamud later told investigators that inside the vehicle was a .380 handgun, bullets, a mask and other articles of clothing that he used during the robberies.

“He also stated that the car contained oxycodone pills which he obtained during a pharmacy robbery in New Hampshire,” wrote Travaglia.

Beamud is seen carrying a small, semi-automatic handgun in bank surveillance footage from the Feb. 21 robbery in Methuen.

“As he approached the teller counter, the subject attempted to chamber a round by pulling the slide back on the gun,” Travaglia wrote. “As he did this, a bullet was ejected from the weapon, and it is believed that a second round was chambered. The subject then picked up the ejected bullet.”

Travaglia wrote that during an interview with investigators, Beamud said “he pulled the ‘slide’ on the gun to intimidate the bank employees.”

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

He was also arrested Feb. 7 in Salem and charged with felony cocaine possession and a misdemeanor charge for transporting a controlled drug, after police discovered he had packed up and apparently planned to leave the area.

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

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 Cambridge 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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