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From The Salem Evening News, July 27th, 05

Lynn pair charged with kidnapping Ipswich man

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Staff writer

IPSWICH - A Lynn duo was charged with the knifepoint kidnapping and robbery of a Colonial Drive man early Monday morning.

Police believe Joseph Brennan, 47, and Evelyn Delacruz, 25, kidnapped the 45-year-old Ipswich man from a Lynn bar late Sunday night after a dispute involving money the victim allegedly owned them. They took the victim back to his condominium at 400 Colonial Drive, where they tried to rob him of a variety of his possessions, police said.

But the man managed to dial 911 for help at 1:20 Monday morning, police said.

Minutes later, when several Ipswich officers arrived, Brennan and Delacruz were arrested by police at gunpoint. Police later found a rock-sized chunk of cocaine, valued at about $1,500, in the couple's possession, said Peter Foote, Ipswich deputy police chief.

Brennan and Delacruz denied kidnapping the man. Instead, they told police they were just "giving him a ride home ... dropping him off" at the condo, police said.

Brennan and Delacruz were arrested and charged with home invasion; kidnapping; armed assault; assault with intent to rob; assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife; and possession of cocaine. They were arraigned in Newburyport District Court Monday afternoon. Both are scheduled for court hearings tomorrow, when a judge will consider whether they are a danger to the community at large, Foote said.

The victim was not injured in the incident, Foote said.

The incident remains under investigation by detectives Charles Cooper and Peter Dziadose.
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