Man Returns to Court Wednesday to Face Haverhill Kidnapping, Assault Charges; 2-Year-Old Unharmed

(Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

A 45-year-old Everett man is scheduled to return to Haverhill District Court Wednesday to face charges he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend in Haverhill and held her for three days.

William J. Brady had been ordered held by Judge Patricia Dowling for a dangerousness hearing following his arrest July 7 at his mother’s house in Everett

Police said Brady barricaded himself and his 32-year-old ex-girlfriend in her Fourth Avenue home for three days between July 4 and 7. According to a report by Detective Taylor Anderson, he initially held her at knifepoint after breaking into her home by breaking a window. Police said Brady slapped and punched the woman and threatened to stab her and kill both of them if she were to call police or seek a restraining order.

Haverhill Police first became aware of the alleged kidnapping when the department received a call from Salem, N.H., police July 7. That’s when the woman and Brady called for a taxi to take them grocery shopping. She told Brady she forgot her mask and, when he went inside to retrieve it, she had the driver take her to Salem. She told police she chose Salem, N.H., since Brady would not leave the state because of the terms of a prior probation after he had been jailed two years for assaulting her.

Over the course of the three days, the report said, the woman used various techniques to convince Brady she would not try to escape. She said, however, he still slapped her, followed her around the house, told her what to say on the telephone when her mother called and forced her to go to the bathroom with her.

Haverhill Police did not find Brady back at the woman’s apartment, but he was later arrested by Everett police at his mother’s home. Police said Brady has five previous restraining orders, a previous conviction for intimidation, three for assault and battery on a household member, six for threats and one for assault with a dangerous weapon.

The two have a two-year-old child together, who was present, but not harmed.

Brady faces charges of kidnapping, assault and battery on a family or household member, threat to commit a crime, assault with dangerous weapon, intimidation and breaking and entering in the daytime.

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