The following is a Press Release written and sent to the media for Arlington Police by JGPR.
Chief of Police
Arlington Police Department
TOWN OF ARLINGTON MASSACHUSETTS 02474
112 Mystic Street
For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Captain Richard Flynn, PIO
Arlington Police Announce Arrest in Tuesday’s Indecent Assault and Battery
Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan is proud to announce that strong interdepartmental cooperation among area law enforcement groups has today led to the arrest of a suspect in the case of an indecent assault and battery on a local student.
Police responded on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to the area of Summer and Mill streets to investigate the reported assault and battery. The victim told police that a man came up from behind and touched them inappropriately. The victim gave police a good description, which allowed a sketch artist from the Lincoln Police Department to compose a good likeness of the suspect. On Wednesday morning, Arlington Police received a call from Joseph Jackson Jr., the Chief Probation Officer for the Commonwealth, indicating that an individual already on probation, and subject to GPS monitoring, fit the description of the suspect.
Arlington Police Inspectors, reviewing data from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, were able to determine that the GPS log of Patrick Barry, age 21, of Medford placed him in the exact spot of the assault and battery, at the exact time of the incident.
Arlington Police, with the assistance of Medford Police, responded to Barry’s home on Wednesday afternoon and placed him under arrest.
Barry is charged with indecent assault and battery on a child over 14 years of age, and he may face additional charges, as well as probation violations. Barry is being held at Arlington Police Headquarters, and he will likely be arraigned Friday in Cambridge District Court.
“This is a fine example of teamwork leading to an arrest and some closure for our community. A dangerous offender is off the streets today,” Chief Ryan said. “The people of Arlington will not tolerate attacks on children, and the Arlington Police department will continue to be extremely aggressive in pursuing anyone who thinks they can get away with assaulting a child.”
Chief Ryan would like to thank the members of the Arlington Police Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Medford Police, the BRIC, Lincoln Police Sketch Artist Ian Spencer, and Commissioner of Probation Joseph Jackson Jr. for their help in effecting a quick arrest in this case.
The incident remains under investigation. Arlington Police are working with the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call Arlington Police at 781-643-1212.