Man Charged in Saugus Robbery Arrested in Boston

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Man Charged in Saugus Robbery Arrested in Boston

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella reports that a man charged with robbing a Saugus motel and assaulting an employee was recently placed under arrest by Boston Police.

JOHN BOWDEN, AGE 47, OF MELROSE is charged with:

  • Unarmed Robbery
  • Assault and Battery

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at approximately 4 a.m., a man, later identified as BOWDEN, walked into the office of the Chisholm’s Motor Inn, 1314 Broadway, and demanded money from an employee inside.

BOWDEN pushed and struck the employee in the face multiple times and ordered the victim to give him money out of the cash register.

BOWDEN then tied the victim’s hands with a shoelace and fled from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim suffered injuries to his face, but did not require medical attention.

The victim was eventually able to free himself and called 911.

Through a subsequent investigation, BOWDEN was identified and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Later that day, BOWDEN was arrested by Boston Police on separate charges.

He is expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court at a later date.

Chief DiMella would like to recognize the investigative efforts and diligence of the Saugus Police 1-9 Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Unit. He also expresses his appreciation to the Boston Police Department for their assistance with the investigation and apprehension of BOWDEN.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.


Methuen Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Methuen Police Department
Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Media Contact: Captain Kristopher McCarthy
Phone: 978-983-8752

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Methuen Police Investigating Armed Robbery

METHUEN — Mayor James Jajuga and Police Chief Joseph Solomon report that the Methuen Police Department is investigating an armed robbery.

On Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9:52 p.m., Methuen Police were dispatched to Oscar’s Liquors, located at 441 Prospect St. for a reported robbery. Upon arrival, officers were informed that three men had walked in the store demanding money. One of the suspects brandished a black handgun during the robbery.

The suspects fled down Prospect St. toward Ferry Street and the Lawrence city line with an undetermined amount of cash from the store. No injuries were reported. 

Methuen Police are seeking three suspects:  

  • Suspect One is described as approximately 6’2″ and was seen wearing a black winter jacket and maroon sweatpants. He was carrying a black handgun. 
  • Suspect Two is described as 5’10” and was seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and black Puma brand sweatpants with blue sneakers.
  • Suspect Three is described as 5’11” and was seen wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

All three suspects wore masks during the robbery.

“I encourage anyone who may have any information on this brazen robbery to contact the Methuen Police Department,” Mayor Jajuga said. “You are our eyes and ears, and you help our police keep the community safe.”

“We are actively investigating this incident, which could have ended much worse, given the presence of a handgun,” Chief Solomon said. “I echo our mayor in asking any resident who may have seen something suspicious to call the Methuen  Police Department right away.”

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects or with any other information on this incident is asked to call the Methuen Police Department at 978-983-8698.


Fairhaven Police Seek Man Who Robbed Convenience Store with Knife


Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299

Fairhaven Police Seek Man Who Robbed Convenience Store with Knife

FAIRHAVEN – Sgt. Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department is seeking to identify a man who robbed a convenience store while brandishing a knife Monday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., police responded to Friendly Farm Convenience, 121 Sconticut Neck Road, for a report of a robbery.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a male suspect entered the store carrying a large hunting knife. He demanded money from the store clerk and subsequently fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported during the incident.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, weighing approximately 140 pounds and standing between 5-feet-2-inches to 5-feet-4-inches tall. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt over a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.

The incident was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras, which investigators are reviewing.

Anyone with information about this incident or who believes they may recognize the suspect is asked to call Fairhaven Police detectives at 508-997-7421. Callers may remain anonymous.


Raynham Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Gas Station

Raynham Police Department
Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Raynham Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Gas Station

RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at a gas station early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 3:46 a.m., Raynham Police received a report of two men who brandished knives and robbed the Seasons Corner Market, 442 New State Highway. The gas station convenience store, which is open 24-hours-a-day, is at the corner of Route 44 and South Street.

The suspects are described as two white males, who were wearing masks, as well as dark-colored sweatshirts and dark-colored pants.

The suspects demanded money from the clerks and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing down the eastbound side of Rt. 44, toward Middleboro, possibly in a black Dodge Charger.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police will be reviewing video surveillance footage from the store to assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who may have seen something suspicious in the area, is asked to call the Raynham Police Department at 508-824-2716.