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Alleged Insurance Office Robber Charged with Kidnapping

The alleged knife-wielding robber broke into Williams and Alley Insurance Company on Main Street before it opened Friday morning, police allege, and held two employees against their will.

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The man arrested after he allegedly broke into a Main Street insurance company's office and has been charged with kidnapping, armed robbery and five other charges stemming from the incident, Lt. Mark DeCroteau said on Monday.

Michael Wiltshire, 35, also faces charges of breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony; assault and battery; intimidation of a witness; malicious destruction of property worth more than $250; and possession of burglarious tools.

DeCroteau said Wiltshire also had a default warrant out of Boston District Court for failure to appear in court, after being released on his own recognizance on charges of possession of burglarious tools and threat to commit a crime.

Wiltshire told police that he is homeless, DeCroteau said, but his last known address was an apartment at 477 Pleasant St. in Melrose.

Police allege that Wiltshire broke into the Williams and Alley Insurance Company, 837 Main St., before the office opened on Friday morning and demanded money from the two employees who first arrived at the business.

"When he didn’t get any, he contained them in a bathroom area," DeCroteau said, declining to comment on how Wiltshire allegedly restrained the employees.

Two customers, a man and woman, arrived at the office and inside, Wiltshire told them that the office wasn't open, DeCroteau said. Becoming suspicious, the woman called Melrose Police while the man went back through the front door and ultimately getting into a physical struggle with Wiltshire.

, DeCroteau said. An ambulance was sent to the office as a precautionary measure for the man who fought with Wiltshire, but he was not taken to the hospital.

Wiltshire was brought to the police station, DeCroteau said, and "when he got to the station, he started to have some symptoms that we felt needed to be attended to first, prior to booking." He was taken to Winchester Hospital and treated before booking.

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