Peabody man allegedly robbed Kay Jewelers in a ‘Scream’ mask


Starlin Batista is facing charges of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A man in a “Scream” mask robbed Kay Jewelers at the Northshore Mall in Peabody Monday afternoon. Claudio Marinangeli via Wikimedia Commons

Peabody police arrested a 27-year-old man Monday after he allegedly robbed the Kay Jewelers at Northshore Mall while wearing a “Scream” mask.

Peabody resident Starlin Batista allegedly robbed the store just before 1 pm by handing a threatening note to a store employee and motioning that he had a gun, Peabody police said in a news release.

The Boston Globe reported that Batista was wearing a “Ghostface” mask from the “Scream” film franchise, and that the note said “Put everything in the bag. I give you two minutes before I shoot. Don’t make a sound.”

Police caught Batista when an officer spotted a man matching the suspect’s description near an access road to the mall. Police said he allegedly ran from the officer, but the officer appreciated him on Northshore Road. He was still wearing the mask.

Batista was allegedly carrying a black BB gun and several items stolen from the jewelry store when he was caught, police said.

Police charged Batista with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. the globe reported that he is set to be arranged Tuesday morning in Peabody District Court.

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