Runaway bank robbery suspect arrested after brawl at Peabody Hotel
State agents have found and arrested suspected bank robber Brandon Simmons, 34, after a scuffle in the lobby of a Peabody hotel on Tuesday morning.
State Police said a soldier noticed a stolen car Simmons was driving parked outside the Homewood Suites hotel on Route 1 while on patrol. The soldiers entered the lobby and found Simmons, who “struggled violently” with the soldiers but was eventually arrested.
Simmons fled State Police and Salisbury Police on Monday after an alleged armed robbery in York, Maine. Simmons is also suspected of committing theft from a pharmacy in Newburyport.
Seabrook and Salisbury Police spotted Simmons on Monday after the alleged theft from Maine and attempted to arrest him. He fled, which led to a local pursuit with the help of state police.
The suspect then crashed into Route 110 in Salisbury and fled on foot. At that time, State Police, K9s, and the Air Wing, as well as local police, all assisted in the search in the area of Route 1 and Pleasant Street.
Shortly before his arrest on Wednesday, Danvers police spotted Simmons on the road and attempted to stop him, but he ran away again, state police said. Police flooded the area with a search which is when a soldier spotted him at Homewood Suites.
Simmons was arraigned in Newburyport District Court on Wednesday for an earlier theft from a pharmacy. A spokesperson for the Essex County district attorney said his bail had been revoked in two cases opened to Lawrence and Lowell. Simmons was taken into custody without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on November 10.
He will then be summoned to Peabody District Court on the new charges, including four warrants, motor vehicle theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The alleged bank robbery in Maine is still under investigation by the FBI. The FBI declined to comment on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.