ATKINSON — A 24-year-old man was captured three days after police said he robbed his mother for money to buy drugs and then assaulted her.

Alan Dewhirst Jr was arrested Thursday on robbery, simple assault and criminal trespass charges at a Lewis Lane apartment where he was believed to be staying, according to Salem police Capt. Shawn Patten.

Dewhirst was apprehended by both Atkinson and Salem police in connection with the incident Monday night at his mother's home on Erin Lane in Salem.

The woman told police that Dewhirst came to the home about 5 p.m. and demanded money so he could buy drugs in Massachusetts. She refused to let him inside, but he forced his way through the door and there was a struggle between the two, police said. The 47-year-old woman broke her finger.

Dewhirst then searched his mother's purse, leaving it in the bathroom and strewing its contents throughout the house before fleeing, police said.

Dewhirst, whose most recent address is Andover, was found by police when they decided to look for him at a few addresses they had been given, Patten said yesterday.

When police arrived, Dewhirst didn't flee the home or put up a struggle.

"He just tried to hide," Patten said. "We found him hiding in the bathroom."

Dewhirst was charged with a felony count of robbery, punishable by 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison, and misdemeanor charges of simple assault and trespass. He could receive up to three years for each misdemeanor charge, Patten said.

There were several warrants issued for Dewhirst's arrest on drug and theft charges and also probation violations, Patten said. Dewhirst was arraigned in Salem District Court, where Judget John Korbey set his bail at $25,000 cash or bond. He is to appear in court next week for a probable causing hearing.


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