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Arrest in Rowley domestic incident leads to charges in Danver's Market Basket robbery

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 15, 2012 12:02 PM

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Danvers police believe they may have found their suspect in last weekend's armed hold-up of Market Basket. He is behind bars in the Essex County Jail Middleton following an arrest on unrelated charges.

It is unknown when Roger Hedstrom, 57, of 238 Main Street in Rowley, will appear in Salem District Court to answer to charges of armed robbery, use of a firearm in a felony and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from the Saturday-night robbery, in which he allegedly made off with more than $5,000.

He is being charged after police in Rowley, responding to a domestic disturbance incident at his home on Sunday, recognized him from surveillance photographs released by Danvers police to area law enforcement agencies after the robbery, according to court documents.

Hedstrom is currently being held on $5,000 cash bail, $50,000 bond, in Middleton on charges including intimidation of a witness, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest after his arraignment on Tuesday in Newburyport District Court, according to officials in the clerk's office.

His next scheduled court appearance in Newburyport is December 4.

Court documents released by Salem District Court detail what led to the armed robbery charges.

According to a statement by Danvers police, officers responded to a 911 call and several alarms at Market Basket shortly after 7 p.m. last Saturday, where multiple employees reported that a man had robbed the store at gunpoint.

Employees told responding officers that a tall, white male, approximately 50 years of age, approached the customer service counter, stuck a gun and a brown paper bag under the window, and demanded money before fleeing with what was later determined to be approximately $5,500, according to court documents.

The entire incident was caught on surveillance tape.

Danvers and state police searched the area after two employees who were outside at the time stated that they saw the suspect run into the neighboring BJ's Wholesale Club parking lot.

According to court documents, officers from Rowley and the Essex County Sheriff's Department contacted Danvers police after Hedstrom's arrest on Sunday when they thought they recognized him from a bulletin put out to area police after the robbery on Saturday.

They also told Danvers police that during his arrest, Hedstrom made a statement to his wife "to the effect of 'if you tell anyone what I did, I will put you six feet under,'" court documents show.

The Danvers officer who initially responded to Market Basket paid a visit to Middleton on Sunday, where Hedstrom was awaiting arraignment after his arrest in Rowley, and "positively identified him as the suspect that robbed Market Basket on the previous evening."

All three Market Basket employees who were working the customer service window at the time of the robbery also picked Hedstrom from a photo array and identified him as the suspect, according to court documents.

Newburyport District Court lists public defender Amanda Barker as Hedstrom's attorney. A phone call to her seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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