Police Arrest Men Who Demanded ‘Weed’ and Beat North Ave. Man

Haverhill and State Police Friday night arrested two men they believe were responsible for a masked armed robbery and home invasion earlier this week at a North Avenue condominium complex.

Edward Lane, 34, and David Duchesne, 25, both of 440 North Ave., were arrested about 8 p.m., and charged with home invasion, armed robbery while masked and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Both are being held on $100,000 bail and due to be arraigned Monday in Haverhill District Court.

“The men and women of the Haverhill Police Department did an excellent job of investigating this case and bringing it to a resolution so quickly which will hopefully make the residents of 440 North Ave. feel safer,” said Detective Lt. Robert P. Pistone. “The Haverhill Police would also like to commend, and thank our valued law enforcement partners in the (Massachusetts) State Police who demonstrated great expertise and professionalism in assisting us with apprehending two suspected violent individuals. “

One resident was taken to a local hospital Wednesday morning for what were described as “non-life threatening injuries” after the incident took place just before 2 a.m., at the complex. Police were called to the scene after receiving a report of two men attacking each other with wooden sticks. Upon arrival, one man reported he had been struck by two masked men while he was outside smoking a cigarette.

“Give me all of your weed,” one of the men demanded. According to police, “A struggle ensued between two assailants and multiple residents of the apartment, both inside and outside.” Police did not describe the nature of the sticks.

Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Special Tactical Operations teams worked with Haverhill police to arrest Lane and Duchesne.