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By Tamara Race
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 31, 2008 @ 11:00 AM

PLYMOUTH -
The search is on for a person who attacked a homeless woman who police found bleeding inside a sleeping bag at a shopping plaza.
Bill Leonardi, property manager at Viking Development, which is off Exit 5 of Route 3, told the Patriot Ledger that he was making rounds near the Ethan Allen furniture store on Home Depot Drive shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday when he saw someone sleeping in a sleeping bag.
He said that when he approached, he saw blood on the sleeping bag and on a wall.
After police officers arrived, they lifted the bag and found the woman, who then yelled for help, according to Leonardi.
Police said that the 38-year-old woman was injured and was bleeding from her face and head.
She was taken to Jordan Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
Police said that they believe the woman was homeless.
Store managers have seen her in the area recently, police said, but it is unknown if she has been living in the woods near the plaza.
Police searched the area, using dogs. A man recently seen riding a bicycle in the area is of interest to police, they said.
Employees at a nearby Dunkin Donuts shop reported seeing a suspicious individual at their store, police said.
Police said they found two bloody footprints outside the Pilgrim Wine and Spirits store, which is two stores away from the Ethan Allen store.
Police said they are not sure when the incident occurred.

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Homeless man held in attack behind Plymouth furniture store

Victim, also homeless, remains in hospital

By Tamara Race
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 04, 2008 @ 06:41 AM

PLYMOUTH -
A homeless man has been arrested on charges of severely beating a homeless woman as she slept outside a Plymouth store last week.
Jeremy R. Cleary, 34, is charged with aggravated assault and battery. No further information was available from police over the weekend.
Police had told officials from Father Bill's Place & MainSpring, which runs shelters in Quincy and Brockton, about the 38-year-old woman in hopes that they could persuade her to go to a shelter, but she declined to go.
On Thursday morning, the woman was found badly beaten. She was in a sleeping bag behind the Ethan Allen furniture store in the Home Depot plaza in Plymouth.
Father Bill's director John Yazwinski said the woman was wary of coming off the street. That, he added, is not an unusual reaction among homeless people.
"The majority of people on the streets are also struggling with mental health issues," he said. "There has to be a sense of trust established before people will come inside. Plymouth's homeless have been living outside for a long time."
Father Bill's & MainSpring has shifted its focus in recent years to creating permanent housing for the homeless. The agency has helped about 10 of Plymouth's homeless find housing, including a 56-year-old Army veteran who had lived on the streets for more than a decade.
Yazwinski says his organization will reach out to the injured Plymouth woman again after she is released from Boston Medical Center.
Police have interviewed a man who was seen acting strangely at the Dunkin' Donuts shop on Home Depot Drive not long after the woman was discovered Thursday morning, but he was released after questioning. Whether he was the same man police charged with beating the woman was unclear.
A plaza property manager found the woman about at 7 a.m. Thursday. She was in a bloody sleeping bag next to a retaining wall smeared with blood. Police say she had a cut on the back of her head and facial injuries.
She was taken to Jordan Hospital and transferred to Boston Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition Sunday.
Police notified residents in the area of the attack via a recorded phone message and asked people to call with any information they might have.
"It was not really a warning of the attack, but an advisory to get eyes out there who might have seen something suspicious," Plymouth police Capt. Michael Botieri said.

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