, Newburyport, MA

April 13, 2011

Homeless man accused in Salisbury hatchet attack arrested

Staff Reports



SALISBURY — A homeless man accused of repeatedly striking a Salisbury man with a hatchet Sunday afternoon on the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail has been arrested and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Manchester District Court in Manchester, N.H., as a fugitive from justice.

Jay LaRose, 43, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Manchester, N.H., police officers who recognized the suspect on Union and Londonderry streets in that city.

Salisbury police have said an unsuspecting relative gave LaRose a ride to Manchester, N.H., Sunday after the alleged attack. 

Salisbury police issued a warrant for LaRose’s arrest charging him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault to murder.

The victim in Sunday’s attack, Stephen Noyes, 46, of 31 Beach Road, Salisbury was airlifted to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston by helicopter and admitted to the intensive care unit following the attack.