UPDATE: Two Arrested in Assault/Purse-Snatching Incident at Price Chopper

The Marlborough Police Department made an arrest near Price Chopper Sunday after an older woman was assaulted in public for her purse.

UPDATE, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.: Eyewitnesses to this crime have reported that the theft of the purse occurred inside , then after a confrontation the suspect fled to the Price Chopper. Here the victim was aided by at least two Price Chopper employees until police officers arrived. These details were unclear in the police report. 


Marlborough Police officers responded to early Sunday evening after a woman was reportedly robbed of her purse. 

"The victim was shopping and a female walked up to the cart and grabbed her pocket book," said Det. Scott DeCiero. 

The victim, a 62-year-old female, followed her assailant out of the store and confronted Melissa A. Martin, 29, of 5 Gay St., Apt. 1, and asked her to return the purse. Police records indicate that Martin then assaulted the victim by punching her in the forehead and pushing her to the ground.

Martin was reportedly assisted in alleged crime by Patrick M. Ryan, 40, of 12 Coburn, Framingham.

Martin then fled the Price Chopper property in the direction of Hosmer Street and was pursued by the victim as well as several Price Chopper employees.  Police officers located Martin a short distance from the plaza and placed her under arrest.

She was found in possession of a knife in her pocket. 

Martin was charged with larceny from a person, impeding an investigation through witness intimidation, carrying a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a person older than 60 with an injury and on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued out of Marlborough District Court and was for evading bus fare. 

Ryan was taken into police custody after he subsequently called Martin's cell phone and later showed up at police headquarters at which time he was questioned. He was charged with larceny from a person, impeding an investigation through witness intimidation and assault and battery on a person older than 60 with an injury.

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MarlboroughMom December 14, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I think Paul does understand - Sorry MarlbroughChick - I don't buy it. ...It's one thing to steal the purse, but punching the woman in the face is way over the line for me. (never mind it was a senior) Whether she did it because she was on drugs, abused, or whatever excuse, the decisions were hers to make and hers alone. So glad that Melissa is "moving on" after committing such a crime. I wonder if her victim "looks great" and can so easily "move on" after being attacked like that....you talk about Melissa being abused, how do you think her victim now feels? So much for a shopping trip to the local Marshalls... Knowing there are folks like Melissa in Marlborough committing these types of crimes on the vunerable and then having people defend them is quite sickening and makes me wonder if I should let my senior mom out to the store by herself any longer. Seriously - how would you feel if it was your mom or grandmom who was attacked by her? And before you ask - yes I have been affected by addicts with family and friends - but being an addict and abused doesn't make what she did acceptable and so easily forgiven and no I don't have to meet Melissa to feel differently. Until she proves herself to not be a menace to society or herself then she deserves the same amount of respect she gave to that woman she attacked. This obviously wasn't her first run in with the law....
Justice December 18, 2011 at 04:08 AM
I'm concerned by your comment about the boy crying when he has to leave his mother. Is his father a bad person? It sounds from other posts that he has a clean record, what is it you feel is wrong with the child's father?
Josh Gray December 21, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Folks, please leave the name calling and the accusations out of the discourse here. Thanks.
MarlboroughChick December 21, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Thank you Josh. I have deleted all of my comments because I feel this board has turned into an unnecessary pissing contest .
Mad1978 February 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Do any of u ppl know the male involved in this,? Hes a scumbag who was more involved than u think!


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