UPDATE: Beverly Man, 41, Facing Armed Robbery, Attempted Murder Charges

Peabody police arrested a 41-year-old Beverly man Thursday, who is charged with multiple armed robberies in recent weeks, the latest on Monday in West Peabody.

Peabody police arrested a 41-year-old Beverly man yesterday who is being charged with a and who's also a prime suspect in at least area recently.

Detectives took Michael Whitcomb, 41, of 28 Kelleher St., Beverly, into custody on two warrants after locating him at a residence at 4 Andover Dr. around 3:50 p.m. Police did call Atlantic Ambulance to the scene, according to a log entry.

A 33-year-old Danvers woman was also taken into custody on a courtesy booking for Westford police, but it was unclear what her involvement in the incident was.

Police said that an extensive investigation into the armed robberies downtown as well as an incident on Jackson Avenue on Monday, led detectives to Whitcomb, a former Peabody resident "well known to authorities." Detectives identified Whitcomb after tracing ownership of a cell phone and article of jewelry back to him -- items the robber dropped on the ground while struggling with his victim on Monday.

Peabody Detective Ralph Scopa obtained a warrant for Whitcomb's arrest on charges of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, all related to the incident on Jackson Avenue. The second warrant was out of Woburn District Court for motor vehicle violations.

Whitcomb was scheduled to be arraigned on those charges Friday morning in Peabody District Court.

Police said further charges are pending for at least two other similar robberies in the downtown area recently.

Spokesman Detective Michael Crane released further details on Monday's robbery in the Presidential Heights neighborhood Friday morning.

Crane said police responded to 29 Jackson Ave. at 1:23 a.m. on Oct. 23 on a report of a robbery and possible stabbing. The call was made from the residence.

Crane said the male victim, 59, was found inside the single-family home with two puncture wounds to his left thigh. The victim was treated by EMTs at the scene and transported to Salem Hospital.

Initial investigation indicated the victim had arrived at the home when he noticed a vehicle, described as a dark hatchback, approach and stop on the street. A man then exited the car and asked for directions, according to police. During the course of giving directions, the victim was struck in the head and after a struggle, ended up with the two stab wounds to his leg, police said.

The suspect fled the area in his car before police arrived, but left behind the aforementioned cell phone and jewelry, which officers found at the scene.

The ensuing investigation and arrest was a joint operation of several detectives and officers on the force.

The department initially posted a brief notice of the arrest Thursday evening on its Facebook page, informing residents the recent crime spree was put to an end.

"This will hopefully end this recent pattern of incidents," the message said.

Several fans left encouraging notes in response to the news, praising the department for a job well done.

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