EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 18, 2013

Salem bat attack results in seven felony charges

Salem resident faces seven felony charges after alleged assault

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie

---- — SALEM — A Millville Circle resident faces seven felony charges after he allegedly attacked a man with an aluminum baseball bat and smashed a car’s windshield and windows Monday afternoon.

Robert Scott Jr., 52, was arrested without incident after police were called to 73 Millville Circle just before 5 p.m. for a report of someone with a head injury.

Some officers found the alleged victim in the Tedeschi’s parking lot at 115 Main St. Others responded to the scene of the alleged crime, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

Police believe a woman who was either living with Scott or who had some belongings there went to the house with friends to retrieve her items.

Scott allegedly came out of the house, an aluminum bat in one hand, a metal highway stake in the other, Patten said.

“It was a solid metal highway marker, weighing 8 to 10 pounds, 3 or 4 feet long,” Patten said. “He had it in his hand when he came out of house.”

Police believe Scott dropped the marker and used the bat on the car and a male victim.

The woman ran back to her friend’s car, getting into the passenger’s seat, Patten said. Her male friend was behind the wheel when Scott allegedly came at the car, smashing the windshield, both driver’s side windows and the front passenger window with the bat, police said.

The man behind the wheel was injured, Patten said.

“He has a significant laceration to his head, which required stitches, and we believe he had a broken hand,” Patten said. “He refused medical treatment.”

The woman and the male victim fled the scene in the car with the smashed windows, calling police as they left Millville Circle, according to police. They pulled into Tedeschi’s parking lot, where police met them.

The woman was not injured in the incident.

Other officers continued on to the scene, where they arrested Scott.

He faces seven felony charges: four counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon (the bat); one count of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon; one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon; and one count of criminal mischief with a deadly weapon.

Scott first was held overnight on $5,000 cash bail.

When he was arraigned yesterday morning, his bail was upped to $15,000 cash or surety. He remained in the county jail late yesterday.