SALISBURY – A local man charged with threatening two people with a knife during a domestic dispute behind Hungry Traveler restaurant over the weekend will remain behind bars until at least Friday following his arraignment Monday in Newburyport District Court.
In addition to threatening to commit a crime, Leon Rogers, 51, of 98 Beach Road was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was arrested early Monday at a cabin behind the popular Beach Road restaurant.
In District Court less than 12 hours later, an Essex County prosecutor asked that Rogers be found to be a danger and held without bail pending trial. In response, Rogers stipulated there was enough probable cause to find him a danger and he agreed to remain in custody until a dangerousness hearing later this week.
Police received a call just after midnight about a woman locking herself in a bathroom after an acquaintance threatened her with a knife. By the time Salisbury police Sgt. Jeremy Kelley arrived at the Hungry Traveler cabin, Officer Jayson Davis had already handcuffed Rogers.
“I entered the cabin and asked Rogers if there was a knife involved. He said that it is usually on his nightstand,” Kelley wrote in his report.
The woman, who police said had a large bump and bruise under her left eye, told officers that Rogers became upset with her because she went to visit a friend at another Salisbury motel.
The woman “advised that Rogers had been beating her all night long, and that the large bruise she had on her face was caused when Rogers punched her with a closed fist not long before our arrival,” Kelley wrote in his report.
After further questioning, the woman told police that when she returned to the cabin about 8 p.m. Sunday, Rogers went into a jealous rage and began attacking her. At one point, he held a folding knife in his hand and threatened to kill her and the person she visited.
The woman refused treatment when an Atlantic Ambulance team arrived. She did tell police she was interested in applying for an abuse prevention order.
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