Published in the September 30, 2016 edition.

WAKEFIELD — A 19-year-old from Malden was arrested yesterday in connection with Tuesday morning’s violent home invasion on Crescent Street.

Igor Souza Cruz, 548 Salem St., apartment 1, was charged with armed home invasion, armed robbery, armed burglary and assault, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury and armed assault to rob.

Local police detectives learned that Cruz might have been one of those who broke into a Crescent Street home sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, allegedly beat up a 51-year-old who lives there and stole an iPhone, a laptop computer and about $400 in cash.

Detectives staked out Cruz’ home yesterday and spoke with him about the Wakefield incident around 3:30 p.m. Cruz said he was in Wakefield Tuesday at a girlfriend’s house, who was having a problem with her boyfriend. A confrontation ensued when the alleged victim came home, Cruz said. Those involved reportedly left him handcuffed on the front steps of his residence.

The victim had facial injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The police investigation continues.


A 24-year-old Butternut Road man was charged with his second drunk driving offense early this morning.

Police were watching traffic on Water Street around 1:30 a.m. when they say a vehicle went by them at a speed higher than allowed.

The vehicle was pulled over and an officer made certain observations before having the driver perform field sobriety tests, which police said he failed.

As a result, Shane L. O’Donnell, 34 Butternut Rd., was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol (second offense) and speeding.


A woman who last used her credit card at Cumberland Farms on Lowell Street told police at 10:27 a.m. yesterday that unauthorized charges totaling $720 were made at MarketStreet in Lynnfield, a Target in Salem, a Walmart in Salem and at a business in Lynn.

She had already de-activated her card and needed to file a report with police.


Police were told that a man who is suspected of having taken photographs of children in the Square was parked in a vehicle near the Beebe Library. Police said the vehicle was not occupied but a man did come out of the library without having any interaction with anyone.

The call was logged just before noon yesterday.


A woman reportedly yelling at customers inside the downtown Dollar Tree store was sent on her way around 1:50 p.m.