A Salem man was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly stealing a dog at gunpoint in Peabody earlier in the day. A Salem man (but not the same man) was also arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly attacking and robbing a taxi driver on Route 1 in Peabody.
Alleged Dog Theft
The Salem News reports the first man was taken into custody at gunpoint as he was ordered out of his car by Salem police.
According to the paper, Adolfo Tejeda Jr., 28, of 6 Heritage Dr., Salem, was charged with armed robbery, carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a felony, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a large capacity feeding device.
The initial incident in Peabody occurred around 11 a.m. Friday when Tejeda allegedly stole a dog from a person on Aborn Street while armed. Police said they didn't believe the crime was random.
The Salem News reports that Tejeda was tracked down after Salem police located his vehicle parked outside his residence. When he exited a building there and tried to leave in his car, he was arrested.
Police found a 9 millimeter handgun on him along with 5 ounces of marijuana, according to the Salem News.
Taxi Driver Reports Robbery
John Kennedy, 25, of 412 Essex St. #1, Salem, was then arrested shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday by Peabody police.
Police had received a call, saying a taxi driver was having a problem with a customer in the area of Bagel World on Route 1. The driver was then assaulted and robbed by a suspect who fled toward 252 Newbury St., which is a mobile home park.
Kennedy was later taken into custody by officer Philip Eagan and charged with unarmed robbery and assault and battery.
A 47-year-old person, presumably the cabbie, was reportedly transported to Lynn Union Hospital.
A similar robbery of a taxi driver at that same location occurred on April 26.