A Peabody man will face three charges of assault and battery and larceny after he forced a woman and her three-year-old daughter out of their car at 29 Lepage Lane and drove off with it on Friday at 5 p.m.
Police are filing the charges against Joel Mendez, 38, of 2 Park Square after a woman told police in the station Saturday that he forced her and her daughter out of their car. She said he asked her if he could take it to drive to Revere. She said she found the car in an impound lot at G/J Towing in Revere after Mendez was arrested for negligent operation and driving with a suspended license by Revere police.
The woman told Mendez, whom she knew from Peabody High School, that she would drive him to Revere. But as the conversation wore on, he got angry, she said. At that point, she said, he pulled her three-year-old daughter out of her car seat, hit the woman, and yelled at her to get out of the car as well. When she got out of the car to tend to her daughter, she said, Mendez jumped in and threw out her purse.
A Leonard Street resident called police on Friday at 9:20 p.m. and reported that someone had stolen his cat. When officers arrived at his residence, he told them that he let his cat “Slick Willy” in at noon and then left the home. He told police that, when he returned his cat went missing and he was certain that someone had been in there, citing a silver golf tee on his bureau that had been tipped over. Police told him to call them when his cat came home.
A Flume Road resident called police at 10:29 p.m. on Friday, saying that his girlfriend had taken pills and “cut herself” before leaving his residence. Police searched the Magnolia Beach area for her, but as they started a second search, the man called officers back and told them the woman was with a family member and all right.
Paramedics transported a man who fell on the train tracks at Railroad Avenue to Addison Gilbert Hospital at 1:52 a.m. on Saturday.
Paramedics transported a woman from the Oceanview Inn on Atlantic Avenue to Addison Gilbert Hospital Saturday at 2:27 a.m. after she reportedly fell on the cement after trying to jump up on her boyfriend’s back. The woman told them she was at a wedding party and didn’t want to walk through the gravel with heels. She tried to ride on her boyfriend’s back to get over the gravel and fell off. Police noted that she was intoxicated.
A Knowlton Square resident called police from her bathroom at 3:28 a.m. Sunday morning after someone tried to enter her apartment. She told police that she heard someone fiddling with the doorknob while she was in bed. She said she thought her boyfriend may have come home early and went to the door. The door, however, then flew open and hit her, and whoever opened it ran off, she said.
According to police, the woman then ran, locked herself in the bathroom and called 911.
She told police her keys were stolen a few weeks ago. Officers told her to have her landlord change the locks and call again if she heard anything.
At 4:20 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the Cape Ann Campground off Atlantic Street for reports of several thefts from tents over the weekend. The grounds manager said four tents were broken into on Friday, and someone broke into two of them on Saturday. She said she thought someone living in the woods may be stealing from tents. Police searched the area and found nothing.
Two neighbors fighting over whether a dirt road off Highland Road was public or private drew a police response at 10:14 a.m. on Saturday.
One man had a storage container up the road and said it was a public way. His neighbor said he owned the lane and blocked it off with his truck. Police told them it was a civil issue and to work it out with the courts.
The man moved his truck, but the man with the storage container told police he was going to walk to Mayor Carolyn Kirk’s house and talk to her about it.
Officers responded to a report of a lost eight-year-old at the Stage Fort Park Visitors Center at 5:13 p.m. Saturday.
The child told police his family went to see the cannons, but he didn’t know how to get there. Police took him to the cannons and re-united him with his family. His father said his mother was looking for him.
Police chased a group of kids out of the Klondike Reservoir at 7:58 p.m. on Saturday. They told the group that they would be arrested if they found them swimming in the public water supply again.
Officers responded to a Main Street Bakery after receiving a report that a drunken man was throwing bottles around outside at 12:57 a.m. on Sunday. Officers found the man, who was intoxicated, according to the police report. He said he was waiting for a cab and had dropped a few bottles of wine that he bought.
At 8:18 p.m. Sunday, police received a call reporting suspicious people near Cape Pond Ice on Commercial Street in the Fort. Officers arrived and found a group of people arguing over a fishing spot. They were told to leave.
Steven Fletcher can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3455, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.