Plymouth: Pair charged in Marshfield armed home invasion ordered held without bail



31-year-old Steven Johnson (left) and 30-year-old Peter John (right) arraigned Friday in Plymouth District Court in connection with Thursday's armed home invasion in Marshfield.


Two suspects arrested in Cohasset Thursday afternoon have been ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing in Plymouth District Court on Wednesday. The suspects allegedly broke into a Marshfield home wearing masks and brandishing a sawed-off shotgun then lead police on a car chase.


On Friday, a prosecutor told a Plymouth District Court judge that a loaded sawed off shotgun found in Marshfield with the safety off and four bullets in it was allegedly the weapon pointed at the victim, a 56-year-old Marshfield man. The weapon was found on Thursday hours after the armed home invasion.

Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Russ Eonas told Plymouth District Court Judge Brian Gilligan that 31-year-old Steven Johnson of Braintree and 30-year-old Peter John of Randolph kicked in the victim’s front door at 46 Flaggler Road, in Marshfield at about 10:30 Thursday morning.

The victim, according to a prosecutor’s statement, said John held the loaded gun to his face at point blank range, demanding cash and drugs, while his two young daughters were in the home.

Eonas said that eventually the men fled. When police arrived they put out a BOLO, a be on the lookout message, for the white getaway truck, driven by Johnson. At that same time, a cell phone caller spotted the truck. The pair were arrested a short time later when the truck was stopped in Cohasset on Route 3A.

Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Russ Eonas said that Johnson has claimed he was hired by his co-defendant and passenger, John. Johnson’s mother, sitting next to WATD’s Steven Dodrill in court admitted to him, “he did it because he was desperate for money.”

About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill is a member of the WATD news team as a full-time news reporter and weekend anchor while assuming the duties of Manager of Web and News Services. The 25 year-old Franklin Pierce University graduate adds a blend of new media to the traditional news for WATD listeners over the airwaves, and for the readers on the web. Dodrill has a vast amount of experience in on-air and online platforms. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.