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LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Authorities were investigating a home invasion in Londonderry on Friday afternoon.
Police said Joshua Magee, 29, faces several charges including armed robbery and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.
Mary Carco says she watched as he went into her neighbor’s home on Wilson Street in broad daylight.
“I head her scream and what sounded like items being thrown or struggle,” Carco said. “She only screamed one time and then it got quiet.”
Police say Magee was wearing a ski mask and goggles, and he was armed with a gun.
“Her 1-year-old son saw him, started screaming and ran,” Londonderry police officer Christopher Olson said. “She came around the corner and saw the suspect with a firearm.”
According to police, Magee ordered the two into a bedroom while he ransacked the home.
Meanwhile, Carco had already called 911.
“While I was on phone with dispatch he came running out of the house wearing a mask and ski goggles and bags on his shoes,” she said. “And I knew the situation wasn’t right then and there.”
She said Magee took off in his car.
Londonderry police issued an alert, and Derry police stopped him on Old Manchester Road soon after. They found a loaded gun next to him.
Carco said she was relieved police worked so quickly and that her neighbor was unharmed. After what she saw, she assumed the worst.
”It just was so quiet. She never screamed again, so I just assumed she was hurt,” the neighbor said.
BOSTON — A masked man who broke into a home in Dorchester is dead after the homeowner opened fire on Wednesday, according to police.
According to police, the shooting happened at 9:28 a.m. at 85 Esmond St. in Dorchester.
When police arrived, they found one of the men dead on the front stoop of the building.
“What it looks like happened is we had a home invasion, the suspects came into the apartment masked, the homeowner also had a firearm. He shot one of the suspects dead,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.
The second man fled but was caught a few minutes later.
The homeowner was also taken into custody.
Evans said police will check out the homeowner’s license to carry a firearm and whether the shooting was justified.
CASCO, Maine — The third suspect wanted in two Casco home invasions was arrested in Fryeburg on Tuesday night, police said.
Merwan Machhout, a 21-year-old from the Fryeburg area, was arrested around 5 p.m., according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Machhout is suspected of invading two homes early Tuesday morning in Casco along with Dylan McPhee, 20, of Naples, and Olivia Patricia Pope, 19, of North Conway, N.H. McPhee and Pope were arrested around 1 p.m. after Massachusetts State Police stopped their car on Interstate 90 in Sturbridge.
Two homes were hit early Tuesday morning – one around 3 a.m. and another about an hour later. An engaged couple was tied up, pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint on Brown Avenue. The female victim told a relative she recognized one of the people as the son of a family friend.
Pope allegedly knocked on the door and asked for help and when the homeowner opened the door, Machhout and McPhee barged in with guns, police said.
The homeowner’s nephew, who lives in an attached apartment, heard screams and called police.
Pope, Machhout and McPhee then went up the street and allegedly used the same approach to get inside a home at 20 New Road, police said.
“They came in like 4 o’clock this morning, tied them up, made themselves at home, took TVs, jewelry, destroyed the house,” said Heather Smith, a relative of the victims.
Smith said her aunt and uncle were attacked. She said they were tied up for about an hour and a half before they could call for help.
Smith said her aunt recognized one of the suspects as he ran back into the home without his mask on to retrieve one of the guns he left behind.
“They knew him through a friend, that was their son, so a friend’s son,” Smith said.
At that point, police were looking for McPhee.
Smith said her aunt and uncle were injured, and the suspects ripped the engagement ring from her aunt’s finger.
“They took flat-screen TVs, jewelry, anything they could fit in their car in a hurry,” Smith said. “My uncle has been discharged. He has staples in the back of his head and besides being shaken up and their house destroyed, they’re just trying to stay positive.”
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