Dracut Man Charged In Connection To Lowell Homicide, Held Without Bail
Aug 06, 2018 07:23PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
A Dracut resident is one of two men charged in connection with a home invasion in Lowell last month that left one person dead.
Jeffrey Puryear, 24, has been charged with armed assault related to the fatal beating of Saro Mann, 40. Puryear was held without bail following his arraignment, pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing that was rescheduled for Aug. 31.
The home invasion and murder is alleged to have taken place the morning of July 26 in a residence on Walker Street in Lowell. Another suspect in the case, Samundi Cobb, 41, of Lowell, was arrested the next day. He is also charged with armed assault and held pending a dangerousness hearing on Aug. 31.
The results of those hearings were not immediately available.
Charges could be upgraded to murder as the investigation continues.
According to investigators, Mann's body was discovered shortly before 3 a.m. by his girlfriend. His body was bound with duct tape, there was a bag around his head and he had multiple injuries.
Investigators believe the men knew each other and that the death resulted from a dispute over drugs. Police say there is an eyewitness to the two suspects breaking into the victim's apartment.
According to the Police report, the witness saw the suspects take items from the apartment, including a video game system and a safe. The witness then saw the men return with duct tape and a meat cleaver. The witness also told investigators he saw the victim being beaten and saw him stop breathing after a plastic bag and been put over his head and sealed off with duct tape.