, Gloucester, MA

June 25, 2013

3 men arrested, charged in assaults on woman

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — Three men were arrested over the weekend, and each faces a charge of assault and battery on a woman.

Francis Green, 47, of Centennial Avenue was arrested when police responded to a 911 call from a woman in the home. The woman told police that Green had grabbed her arms and “threw” her into a chair because he was angry that she had guests in the home.

Police observed scratches on the woman’s arms, and arrested Green on the assault and battery charge.

Thomas D. Jayroe Jr., 31, was arrested on charges of domestic assault and battery, malicious property destruction and witness intimidation, after he allegedly struck a woman in his Webster Street home, then took and smashed her phone so she could not contact police Saturday afternoon.

Jayroe is accused of slapping the woman’s face four times after an argument over his addiction to heroin and suboxone. When officers arrived at the scene, they say Jayroe told them, “I slapped her in the face.” Police noted that the woman’s face was “visibly swollen and red” and saw a small laceration near the woman’s eye.

Before arresting Jayroe, police recovered the woman’s smashed smartphone and returned it to her. She told officers the phone’s screen had been undamaged when Jayroe took it, bringing the malicious property destruction charge.

Robert M. Olsen, 54, was arrested outside of his Walker Street home Sunday about 10 p.m., after police spoke with a woman who said Olsen slapped her face and pushed her to the ground.

The woman told police Olsen had been drinking and the two were arguing when he hit her. She said he then took her vehicle keys and left in his own vehicle. Police met the woman at a parking lot off Route 128, and they noticed her bottom lip was swollen and she was “visibly upset.”

Officers then drove to the Walker Street home and found Olsen sleeping in his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. Police woke Olsen, told him to exit the vehicle, and arrested him on assault and battery charges.

A 46-year-old Newton man whose license had been suspended for the next 27-plus years was arrested after a traffic stop on East Main Street just after midnight Sunday.

Police initially stopped Thomas J. Redmond after noticing a broken tail light on his Mercedes. Officers said they noticed that Redmond smelled of alcohol, and asked him to perform field sobriety tests, which he passed. A license check then revealed that Redmond’s license had been suspended because he had failed to pay taxes.

Redmond was charged with driving while his license was suspended.

A woman injured her shoulder when her boat crashed into the sea wall off Western Avenue by the Blynman Bridge, also known as the Cut Bridge, on Friday 2:20 p.m.

The boat struck the wall after another woman driving the boat lost control in the current. Environmental police and the Coast Guard responded to the accident. An ambulance squad transported the woman to an area hospital.

The front of the boat Far Niente was damaged in the crash.

Gloucester’s animal control officer is investigating animal body parts that washed up on Good Harbor Beach on Sunday about 8:30 p.m.

Officers observed “several” parts of what appeared to be a seal pup carcass or a dog. The parts were spread over a quarter of the beach and it appeared that the tide washed them up, as they were in the “rack line,” the line of debris washed in by waves.

Police responding to a report of a “intoxicated” man harassing seagulls at Good Harbor Beach found no one matching the caller’s description.

A woman had reported seeing the man throw rocks and other items at the birds, but police asked others near the footbridge and spoke with lifeguards and found no evidence of a man harassing the seagulls.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or