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Man, woman charged with Beverly assault and robbery

Posted by Sean Teehan  October 13, 2010 09:52 AM

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A man and a woman are scheduled for arraignment in Salem District Court today on charges stemming from an alleged drug-related assault and robbery on Rantoul Street yesterday, Beverly police said.

At about 10:20 a.m., Beverly police received a call from an off duty Beverly reserve police officer who said he witnessed Denise DiMare, 32, and Lawrence Collins, 40, both of Peabody assault a man near 211 Rantoul St., said Officer April Clarizia, a spokeswoman for the Beverly Police Department.

Collins and DiMare allegedly spotted the victim walking down the street as they drove by and confronted the man, Clarizia said.

"There was some punching, they grabbed his jacket," Clarizia said. During the assault, Collins allegedly threatened to kill the victim, Clarizia said.

After stealing the victim's jacket and wallet, the two drove toward Salem, Clarizia said.

The alleged assault and robbery may have stemmed from a previous dispute over drug money, Clarizia said.

"According to the victim, he owed $500 to the two [assailants] for a past drug transaction," Clarizia said.

The reserve officer, who observed the incident from a nearby coffee shop, called police with a suspect and vehicle description, Clarizia said. Police stopped Collins and DiMare as they crossed Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects Salem and Beverly, according to Clarizia.

After police apprehended the suspects, the wallet and jacket were returned to the victim, who required no medical attention, Clarizia said.

Neither suspect posted bond, Clarizia said, and the police were due to transfer Collins and DiMare to Salem District Court this morning.

Collins faces charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, carrying a dangerous weapon (a police baton), and threatening to commit a crime, Clarizia said. DiMare is charged with unarmed robbery, possession of a class B substance, and possession of a class C substance, Clarizia said.

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