Man Allegedly Hits Mall Employee, Threatens Two Others in Shoplifting Getaway

A Lynn man faces several charges after allegedly striking an employee at the mall on Sunday.

The Lynn man who allegedly struck one mall employee with his car and threatened two other people turned himself in on Tuesday morning.

Danvers police said Anthony Petruccelli, 38, of 5 Parrott St. in Lynn has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and shoplifting.

It all started just after 4 p.m. on Sunday when he allegedly stole some action figures and pictures from the at the . An employee chased him out to the parking lot and as Petruccelli was trying to get away he allegedly struck the employee with his car.  The employee suffered scrapes and a swollen knee, police said.

He got away and headed down Route 128 but witnesses got the license plate number.

After the incident, sought an arrest warrant for Petruccelli, who Danvers police Sgt. Robert Bettencourt said knew police were looking for him. He then turned himself in at on Tuesday morning.

Bettencourt said Petruccelli allegedly drove at two other people with his car but did not strike them. That is the basis for the two assault with a dangerous weapon charges, since he allegedly put them in fear with the ca but did not strike them.


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