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Salem man tackles intruder as wife, daughter get help

By Stefanie Geisler
Globe Correspondent / February 25, 2010

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A Salem father tackled and restrained an intruder who may have been high on drugs, as his daughter dialed 911 and his wife clutched a kitchen knife for protection, police said.

Wayne Turner, 52, subdued Carlos Vieira, 31, of Peabody after he allegedly smashed a window and broke into the Turner family’s home on Rawlins Street just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Deanna Turner, 46, told police she went into the dining room to investigate a noise and found a man she did not know hiding in the corner of the room.

She yelled for her husband while her daughter, Christine, 19, ran into the kitchen and dialed 911.

Deanna Turner grabbed a knife and Wayne Turner struggled with the man, placing a chair on top of him. The alleged intruder got free and was then “basically tackled’’ by Wayne Turner, Salem police Lieutenant Conrad Prosniewski said.

When police arrived, Prosniewski said, Deanna Turner ran into the driveway, shouting that her husband was restraining a man who had come in through a window.

Vieira kept yelling about people coming after him, Prosniewski said. He said Vieira had a crack pipe, a lighter, and a roll of pennies.

“I’m not sure whether he was high on drugs and he thought someone was chasing him, or he was high on drugs and he broke into the house to try and steal something to support his habit,’’ Prosniewski said.

Vieira pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Salem District Court to charges of unarmed burglary, malicious destruction of property over $250, and two counts of assault and battery for allegedly attacking Deanna and Christine Turner.

He was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

Prosniewski said Vieira was known to police. He has 11 prior charges, including larceny, assault, and drug charges. He has been arrested twice for home invasion, Prosniewski said.

“He’s got a pretty long record,’’ he said.

No injuries were reported, police said.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for March 18.