Salem police arrest two in connection with $100,000 armed robbery

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SALEM — Police have arrested two men believed to be involved in an armed robbery that resulted in the theft of over $100,000 in cash and merchandise from a local store on South Broadway.

On the evening of Feb. 26, the store manager was tied up and assaulted by three men during a transaction.

According to the Salem Police Department, two of the suspects brandished firearms, and the victim was repeatedly struck, sustaining several injuries.

Through extensive investigation, Detective James Carlin processed the crime scene, reviewed surveillance footage, and executed numerous search warrants for cell phone data.

This led to the identification of two suspects and the establishment of a timeline surrounding the robbery.

One of the suspects was found to be a student at Rivier University in Nashua.

On April 1, Nashua Police and the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section made the arrests on warrants issued by Salem PD.

Jose Perlera, 20, of Lunenburg, MA, was taken into custody by Nashua Police.

Following his arrest, Salem detectives searched his dorm room at Rivier University.

Kervin Maitre, 19, of Salem, MA, was apprehended by the MASP VFAS and held as a Fugitive from Justice.

Both suspects were found in possession of firearms at the time of their arrests.

The investigation continues as police seek the third suspect involved in the robbery.

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