EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

July 24, 2012

Home invasion nets 3 arrests — the victims

WINDHAM — Police have arrested three men in the investigation of a home invasion on Bear Hill Road.

But the men aren’t accused of invading the home. Police say they are the victims.

The arrests happened last Wednesday, the day the home invasion at 59 Bear Hill Road was reported.

Capt. Michael Caron said police didn’t immediately disclose the arrests because they were making progress on the case. But there was another reason, too, he said.

“They were still victims of a violent crime,” Caron said.

Drimel Reyes, 28, of 59 Bear Hill Road was charged with possession of marijuana. Caron said he is out on bail, but didn’t have details.

Cesar A. Tavarez, 28, of Orlando and Leonides R. Fernandez, 59, of Miami are charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another.

Caron said both men told police they were staying at Bear Hill Road. He said he expects Tavarez and Fernandez will be in Salem Circuit Court tomorrow.

Both are in Rockingham County jail, being held on $100,000 cash bail.

None of the men were injured in the home invasion.

The investigation started about 7:45 a.m. when a woman with a young child sought help on nearby Lowell Road, saying her boyfriend was being assaulted.

Police launched a search for four armed Hispanic men in a silver Chrysler 300 sedan with Florida license plates.

Federal drug agents have assisted Windham with the investigation. Police obtained a warrant to search the property last week as the probe unfolded.

Caron said the men who were arrested have been cooperating, but claim they do not know who the home invaders were.

“We have no idea where they have gone,” Caron said.

Windham residents should not worry about the crime, because it wasn’t random, he said.

“The house was clearly targeted,” Caron said.

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