Mother and Daughter Arrested on Assault and Battery Charges

The following information was supplied by the Reading Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.


  • Lauren E. Groot and her mother, Ellen K. Groot, whose home addresses are both listed as 32 Virginia Road, were both arrested on Saturday, Dec. 22. The arrests occurred following an abandoned 911 call. Lauren Groot was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Ellen Groot was charged with assault and battery. The victim, a third party, sustained injuries that did not require hospitalization.
  • William H. Mendes, 6 Kimball St., Woburn, was arrested on Dec. 22 on a warrant.

Monday, Dec. 24

  • At 11:40 a.m., copper pipes and a furnace were reported stolen from a Village Street residence.
  • At 2:27 p.m., a Lee Street resident reported a breaking and entering. The kitchen door and window had been kicked in. Officers said it appeared it was an attempted break-in and entry was not gained.
  • At 3:12 p.m., an Echo Avenue resident reported a breaking and entering with forced entry.
  • At 11:32 p.m., a motor vehicle lockout was reported at the Domino's Pizza. 274 Main St. A 7-month old baby was locked in the car. Fire Department personnel were able to gain entry to the car.

Saturday, Dec. 22

  • At 12:24 a.m., Reading Police received a report of a woman, possibly intoxicated, running up and down the street in the area of Grumpy Doyle's, 540 Main St. Officers responded and the woman was placed in protective custody.
  • At 9:05 a.m., a Spruce Road resident reported finding two hypodermic needles by the roadside.
  • At 11:45 a.m., a Locust Street resident reported a rock had been thrown through their kitchen window at some point overnight.
  • At 12:10 p.m., a School Street resident reported that a stray dog, described as a gray Schnauzer, had followed them home.
  • At 10:55 p.m., an alarm came in from Reading Memorial High School. A school department official told police he could access the security cameras at the school from his home and saw a group of teens running through the halls. They had since left the building. Officers responded to the school and could not locate the youths.

Friday, Dec. 21

  • At 4:49 p.m., officers found a broken window in a building at 101 Willow St. It was unclear whether the window had been broken accidentally or intentionally.

For questions about this blotter, email ashley.troutman@patch.com 

Tom Jeffords December 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The events at 32 Virginia Road must have inspired the Dropkick Murphy's to write their Christmas song and video. http://youtu.be/qTx-sdR6Yzk


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