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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gearman December 08, 2011 at 12:45 AM
I know this girl. She has a drug problem.
Sarah December 08, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Adam ud have no say ud are not only a drug dealer but a rat as well drug problem is not oit I'm clean whichis more than you can say howsa those oxys treating you. Listen ud don't know thee story ouyts just what ud read
happyness December 08, 2011 at 08:17 PM
I know this girl too I know she had beem abused and hurt she is a gd friend and has beem doing very well don't talk about people w drug problemd when u have one urself
Sarah December 09, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Wow really why don't you and your buddy there lay off the oxys and both go to rehab, the both of ythatsoi rob people at gun point and sell oxys to young kids, didn't yoi ever think that yhe reporter was wrong about this lady and how she got got for real but you go deal your drugs to kids and have them them odd cause thats any better jbase thatsa a gd nick name what does that mean? How wrll do you know melissa and how does anyone know her I only can think of a few ways and its not any way to have a say about her bloody cs play the victim so are you saying women who aete being abused are just trying to play victim womenizer are you..please share on how we know her ?? How did you meet her ? Haha because from what she told me and about yoi people that are writing this about her you guys have done alot worse alot
jbasc December 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Sarah/Melissa/PillPopper: I am not on enough oxy to understand that meth addled sentence you just pieced together. Clearly your on your period so you are familiar with them, try using one. For all you know I met her from behind a few times then threw her an Abraham and banged out. Then again how could you really keep track of these things. MarlboroughChick: I am not in a glass house. Your faults are not even remotely comparable to mine. When in Rome was an example of using a colloquialism incorrectly as you yourself did when you compared your drugged up welfare existence to my own. Its a pop culture reference, my apologies. I am sure you can't afford the moving pictures. Let me link that big word for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloquialism Don't want to set you up for failure based on your education level. You can thank me later. Kind and compassionate people don't punch old ladies even if their "put up to it". The only karma going on here is the syphilis you two pill farmers will eventually, mercifully, waft off this mortal coil with. You can't win this pissing contest squatting.
Sarah December 09, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Your a joke jbase, punched an old lady did u read the police report? Didn't think so
Sarah December 09, 2011 at 03:12 PM
And u make no sense
Nicole December 09, 2011 at 04:22 PM
@ least people like Adam have served for their mistakes and are trying to do the right thing. It was wrong and disgusting for her to rob an old lady but thats what the disease does to people. Its more sad that everyone is slamming Adam and putting all his business up here for the world to see. Everyone has their own opinion....
jbasc December 09, 2011 at 06:48 PM
I will now refer to you as Retard 1 and Retard 2 for simplicity. Retard 1 will be played by Sarah. I may refer to you as Retard Prime for my own humor. Retard 2 will be MarlboroughChick as self proclaimed. Retard 1: "Police records indicate that Martin then assaulted the victim by punching her in the forehead and pushing her to the ground." sounds like you/she punched her in the face doesn't it? Sorry is forehead not the face? Guess you owe a lot of unhappy John's $5 back for those "5$ facial" specials you've been running... You're not understanding me is the highest compliment I have ever received. Bless you! Retard 2: You're welcome! Normally people get upset when I assume things but this is a fresh perspective I welcome. Unfortunately I don't care about the addicts you work with at McDonald's or their successful assembly of my Big and Tasty on my way through your clearly pill addicted community. Yes addicts do come around and make good lives for themselves. Not when you act as an egregious enabler of them excusing their assault of the elderly for drug money. But sure, fairytales do come true. You know what, I think maybe you should go on welfare. If you do in fact work with addicts all your accomplishing is keeping them there. I feel like I just killed two birds with one stone! You can all thank me later.
Pablo December 09, 2011 at 06:49 PM
I mean no disrespect to anyone in this article or any of the comment makers.. What about the well being of this child? where was the child during all of this? if this is stuff that occurs to addicts, maybe they should concentrate on themselves getting better first which im all for .. but the child doesnt appear to me to be the first priority of anyone involved.. The "adults" in this article appear to barely be able to take care of themselves, my only concern would be for the child above all else..
JaneB December 10, 2011 at 05:57 PM
wow i cant believe this message board has been turned in to a slander board. I agree with Pablo, you are all so content on debating who is the most stupid but in conclusion all we learned was none of you have grown enough in life and we all need to look at the bigger picture and be grateful that her child has one parent who cares more about the well being than witch wrap sheet is worse. But no matter what i say i'm happy to know that the courts can decide her fate and deal with her consequences. Even more grateful that no matter what that boy has a father who knows better.
Scorpion December 12, 2011 at 01:43 PM
I love seeing all the Marlboro ghetto people sending support for some some drug addict piece of trash. Your all typing from the laptop you either stole or paid for with your kids WIC check. Stop making excuses for a drug addict who assaulted and robbed an old lady. And to the NON ghetto trash people, dont worry anout the kids... You'll be reading about them in 10 years for committing crimes and assaulting old ladys.
Lori December 13, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Caught words of this horrible reality tonight, my bad don’t read the paper. I am seasoned on drug problems, addictions for more years than I care to say a young family member that I enabled for years, add 2 more in my family 1 deceased, and 1 HIV+over 20 yrs alive. I know the scams, pulls on your heart strings & what they will do/done in past enabling addictions. I am past completely mortified! The man involved met/know his family for years I don't know her. Many have knowledge of him/her other dark sides. What transpired IS UNEXCUSABLE can't help expressing my sadness and opinion a 62 year old woman (I don't know) was violated and abused because of drugs? It is not all drugs somewhere in the shells of their bodies there are 2 people. F' it be on drugs with empty shells but don't make other people suffer violently. How they found in their hearts to inflict pain, trauma and suffering on another human being a senior at 65 is just disgusting easy prey that is wack. Correct me if I am wrong the old skool Junkies in this city oddly as it may sound had type of morals or rather code or maybe just that era lots of scamming. Has this current scenario of heartless addicts beating old women occurred here before? WTF... Why not take the purse and leave it at that? Got what you wanted and couldn't stop at that. God bless the victim as for the other what is next? What is life? What are you going to do?
Scorpion December 13, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Honestly, Marlborough chick is pretty damn cool. I will take you out of my comments. You're positive attitude is a good thing.
jbasc December 13, 2011 at 03:40 PM
MarlboroughChick, clearly you do care about my comments because your working this thread like its your street corner. Just because you think your over being some looser addict doesn't excuse other addicts for jacking up old ladies. Your positive attitude is far from a good thing. You're literally siding with someone who assaults old ladies over a father who, now sit down for this one, isn't a multi-felony criminal. The fact that his father picks him up and takes care of him ALL while managing not to abuse drugs and punch defenseless seniors makes him 400 rungs better than this trash your defending. Super she has a lovely personality. Though all I am going by is some idiot who clearly spends too much money on personal computing devices while doing absolutely no work during the day except posting to some townie ragblog in defense of her bestie. The only thing that keeps me coming back is the stream of unconsciousness that is your feel good up beat BS is infinitely troll-able. Thank god you recovered from your drug abuse to be a completely useless retard, I'd like my tax dollars back. Here's hoping both you and that rancid slam-pig die of sniffilis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woySeSNBL3o
Me December 13, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Read the last line of this acticle: On Monday, Dec. 5 Melissa A. Martin, 29, of 5 Gay St., Apt. 1, appeared in Marlborough District Court to face charges that she had stolen a purse from a 62-year-old woman then assaulted her. See the full story here. Martin was released on $200 cash bail and was ordered to return to court Wednesday, Dec. 21 for a pre-trial hearing. Due to the suspect's violent history, a protective order was issued for the case, said court records. "suspect's violent history" - Yes MarlboroughChick, she's a beautiful person. (HAHA) Had this been my Mother she assaulted, she wouldn't b so beautiful but she would be looking for her teeth!!
Paul Bishop December 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM
If you take some older woman's purse then beat her up in a parking lot, you are scum, and there's no two ways about it. Don't defend the action, don't defend the cowardly human trash that did it. MarlbroughChick, I am positive that you would feel differently if this poor woman she attacked was connected to you... MarlboroughChick- if she's happy to attack strangers in public, just how long do you think it's going to be until she steals everything you own? Are you still going to be calling her awesome when she hurts YOU? Understand how selfish your thought line is. There's an innocent woman attacked by a violent criminal- and you want us to feel bad for the criminal. good luck with that.
Paul Bishop December 14, 2011 at 04:36 PM
I understand completely, quite obviously better than yourself. Let me tell you this- if having a rough life justified attacking defenseless people, I would be justified to do just about anything I wanted to anyone I wanted... What I hear from you is nothing more than classic "enabling", making excuses for the addict so they do not have to face the realities of their addiction and the damage they are doing to others. Melissa attacked a defenseless woman, stole her purse, and beat her up in a parking lot- totally unprovoked. You need to come to terms with the simple FACT that her conduct makes her scum. She can change her conduct and thereby not be scum anymore.. but if you cannot understand that while she is acting in this manner, she is nothing more than human garbage.. there's no hope for her, or you for that matter.
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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