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Danvers Man Faces Slew of Charges in Armed Home Invasion

Police say it was a domestic incident in which the man allegedly broke into a female's apartment and attacked her while armed with a knife and then fought with officers at the scene.

Rand Circle is a 36-unit development managed by the Danvers Housing Authority. Credit: File photo
Rand Circle is a 36-unit development managed by the Danvers Housing Authority. Credit: File photo
A 28-year-old Danvers man was arrested shortly after midnight on Monday after he broke into a female's apartment and allegedly attacked her while armed with a knife and then proceeded to ram other vehicles with his car after fleeing the apartment.

Danvers Police Lt. William Carleton said the incident was domestic in nature -- the victim lived a few units over from her assailant -- and the man was in fact charged on 16 different counts.

Chad Kennedy, 28, of 26 Rand Cir., Danvers, was taken into custody and charged with the following:

  • Assault to murder
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • Domestic assault and battery (two counts)
  • Home invasion
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Assault and battery on an elderly or disabled person
  • Assault and battery on a police officer (three counts)
  • Resisting arrest
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Malicious or wanton damage or defacement (two counts)
  • Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Leaving the scene of property damage

Carleton said officers were initially dispatched to 20 Rand Cir. at approximately 12:06 a.m. on a report of a disturbance and possible domestic assault.

He said officers came across Kennedy, who became combative with them and attacked the officers. After subduing him, they learned of the prior alleged attack on the female.

An initial report indicated Kennedy had a gun as well, but officers found no evidence of that, Carleton said. It was also unclear if the victim was actually attacked with the knife or just threatened with it.

Carleton said the female was taken to Salem Hospital with "significant" injuries while Kennedy was taken to Beverly Hospital. Neither of the two sustained life-threatening wounds and the officers were not injured.

According to scanner reports at the time, Kennedy had jumped out a window before officers arrived and proceeded to ram other vehicles with his car outside his apartment. Police finally subdued him with a taser.

Rand Circle is a neighborhood off Route 1 containing 36 units managed by the Danvers Housing Authority.

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