ANDOVER — A Greenwood Road resident has been charged with armed robbery and misdemeanor destruction of property after a knife-laden confrontation allegedly over a girl escalated in the parking lot of a Lowell Street gas station on Saturday afternoon.
Police arrested Nicholas Kenyon, 30, of 118 Greenwood Road at his home and charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and malicious destruction of property under $250.
Police Commander Charles Heseltine said the male victim, who police declined to identify, was walking near the Mobil gas station on Lowell Street when a car drove up to him. Kenyon, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, “yelled at (the victim), told him, ‘I’m going to get you,’” police said.
Then, as the victim, who lives in the nearby Hanover Apartments at Rolling Green, the entrance of which is located next to the gas station, was walking back to his apartment, the vehicle approached again.
Heseltine said this time, Kenyon pulled an 8-inch silver knife on the victim.
“Kenyon then ripped a pair of headphones from the victim’s neck, threw them to the ground, smashing them,” Heseltine said.
Kenyon reportedly called the victim an ethnic slur and told him, “You better watch yourself,” Heseltine added.
“According to the victim, this incident was a result of an issue over a girl they both knew,” he said.
After the victim contacted police, a “be on the lookout” bulletin and description of Kenyon was put out to area departments. Andover police, however, were able to find Kenyon at his home, where he was arrested.
The driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old Tewksbury woman, was issued a court summons for being an accessory after the fact, Heseltine said.
The malicious destruction property charge is a misdemeanor because the damage was valued at less than $250, according to Heseltine. Damage valued at more than $250 is a felony.
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