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Ayer man held without bail after allegedly beating woman, elderly man


AYER — A 43-year-old Ayer man is being held without bail after a judge determined he is too dangerous to be released while he awaits trial on charges he viciously beat a woman he has dated for about seven years, according to court records.

Mark Goodwin, of 154 Willard St., Ayer, was arrested on a warrant over the weekend and arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court.

Police had been seeking Goodwin since Feb. 22, when officers were called to a report of a domestic assault at an address in Ayer that was redacted in court files. Responding officers discovered a woman who had been dating Goodwin bleeding from a cut on her eye and suffering from a broken nose, among other injuries, according to a police report.

Goodwin punched and kicked that woman for about 30 minutes on the afternoon of Feb. 22, and then followed the woman to another home where she fled to get away from the attack, according to a police report.

The addresses of both homes were redacted in court files since they belong to the alleged victims in the case.

At the second home, Goodwin forced his way inside, pushed an elderly homeowner to the floor and caused that man to hit his head on the floor, according to a police report.

Goodwin then continued punching his significant other and at one point put his hands around her neck and strangled her, according to a police report.

The attack prompted a 12-year-old who was inside the second address to flee out a window, according to a police report.

A third alleged victim who tried to intervene in the beating at the second address was also assaulted and threatened by Goodwin, according to a police report.

Police could not immediately locate Goodwin, but obtained a warrant for his arrest on charges of strangulation/suffocation, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a person 60-years or older, breaking and entering daytime, threatening to commit a crime, and two counts of assault and battery on a household or family member, according to court records.

It was not immediately clear from court records where Goodwin was arrested over the weekend, and Ayer police said they could not immediately provide that information.

Court records indicated that Goodwin attempted to elude arrest and was caught only after a police canine was brought in to help find him.

Goodwin has 33 prior convictions, including some for violent assaults, and four different people have obtained six restraining orders against him over the years, according to court records.

Judge Sarah Weyland Ellis ordered Goodwin held without bail following a dangerousness hearing Thursday. Goodwin’s $500 cash bail from a pending Lowell District Court case was also revoked, according to court records.

In that case, Goodwin was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with a 2016 incident, according to court records.

Goodwin’s court-appointed attorney, Christopher Lilly, of Ayer, did not immediately return a call seeking comment

Goodwin is due back in Ayer District Court on June 9.

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