SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - Salem Police have arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts last week, including the boyfriend of the victim.
Police responded to a report of an armed robbery on Linden Street by Forest Avenue in Salem at approximately 1 p.m. on Sept. 6. The female victim, the manager of the store, told police she was leaving Dunkin’ and got into her car with the business’s cash deposits in a bag when a man wearing dark clothes and a blue surgical mask pushed his way into the driver’s side door. The victim said the man instructed her to not look at him and to move over as he held her at gunpoint. The man then drove a short distance before he bound her to the car and fled the area with the money.
Police said the men targeted this manager, seemingly knowing when she’d leave out the side door at the end of her shift with the thousands of dollars in cash.
Video from A+ Auto across the street shows one of the suspects, dressed in dark clothing, running across the street and hiding behind a truck almost exactly when the manager left the store out the door near the drive-through.
Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division responded and took over the crime scene. Police arrested Jose Luis Mendoza-Baez, 26, of Salem on Sept. 9, and the boyfriend, Yoel Perez-Feliz, 33, of Marblehead, on Sept. 13 after conducting an in-depth investigation.
Both men acted in a joint venture and are charged with armed robbery while armed and masked, carjacking while armed with a firearm and kidnapping while armed with a firearm.
Although the victim was dating one of the suspects, police said she had no involvement in the robbery. She is said to be doing O.K.
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