Plaistow Community YMCA

Police are investigating an assault on an off-duty Manchester police officer outside the Plaistow Community YMCA.

PLAISTOW — Officials from the Plaistow Community YMCA are working with law enforcement authorities as they continue to investigate a group attack on an off-duty Manchester police officer during a robbery attempt outside the Route 125 facility Wednesday night.

Tracy Fuller, regional executive director for the Plaistow and Haverhill, Mass., YMCA, described the assault as an “isolated” incident on an officer who is YMCA member.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the officer and her family. We are glad to know she is expected to be okay. We are doing everything possible to assist the local authorities and hope that the perpetrators will be found. The safety and well-being of our members and staff is our first priority and we believe this to be an isolated incident and unrelated to our Y,” Fuller said in a statement released Friday.

Police are reportedly investigating a possible link between the attack and a series of robberies and carjackings in Lawrence, Mass., Methuen, Mass., and North Andover, Mass., Wednesday night.

The Eagle-Tribune reported that two people were arrested Friday in Lawrence and that a vehicle reported stolen in North Andover was found after a crash. The two people arrested were being questioned about the incidents Wednesday night, the paper reported.

Few details about the officer assault in Plaistow have been released.

Efforts to reach Plaistow Police Chief Doug Mullin for comment have been unsuccessful. He did not respond to repeated requests for information when contacted Thursday and Friday by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Manchester police spokesman Heather Hamel confirmed that the officer works for the Manchester Police Department and was the victim of an attempted robbery, but did not comment further.

The Eagle-Tribune reported that multiple teenagers assaulted the woman about 8:25 p.m. outside the Plaistow Community YMCA.

Mullin told the paper Thursday that the officer was treated and released from a local hospital.

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