EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 16, 2013

Police: Man held mom, forced her to give him cash, rides

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM — A Nashua man is in jail on charges he held a woman against her will, forced her to withdraw money for him, and made her drive him to Lawrence and Salem Saturday.

Shaun Driscoll, 28, is being held in the Hillsborough County jail on two Class A felony charges, armed robbery and domestic violence/kidnapping, according to Nashua police Lt. Michael Moushegian.

Driscoll also faces charges of criminal restraint, criminal threatening and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Salem.

The story unfolded when a 67-year-old woman approached a Wal-Mart employee in Salem Saturday just past 2:30 p.m. and said her son was threatening her, according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

Moushegian wouldn’t specify the relationship between Driscoll and his alleged victim, only saying she was an adult woman known to him. But Patten said it was Driscoll’s mother.

Moushegian did say Driscoll tried to tie the woman up Friday night. From that point into Saturday, he allegedly confined her in a bathroom against her will.

“He then allegedly threatened her with a bayonet-style knife and through use of force, threat of force, convinced her to go to an ATM in Nashua to withdraw money,” Moushegian said.

That’s where the armed robbery charge originated, he said, but he wouldn’t say how much money the woman withdrew.

Then Driscoll forced her, still under threat of the knife, to drive him to Lawrence so he could buy heroin, Patten said.

From there, they drove to Wal-Mart in Salem at 326 N. Broadway. He told the woman to stay by his side or he would “kill her with the knife is she tried to run away,” Patten said.

When Driscoll became distracted looking at guns inside the store, Patten said, the woman escaped and asked store employees for help.

Meanwhile, Driscoll left the store and took the woman’s car. The car was located in the store’s upper parking area, the knife inside.

Driscoll was arrested without incident, Patten said.

Nashua detectives went to Salem to interview Driscoll and he was released into their custody.

Because he was facing more serious charges in Nashua, his bail on the Salem charges was $2,000 personal recognizance.

In Nashua, he was held on $100,000 cash bail pending his arraignment yesterday, Moushegian said.

A spokeswoman for the county jail yesterday confirmed that Driscoll was incarcerated there.