Michael R. Kent
Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Burlington Police Announce Arrest of Fugitive from Justice in Florida
Suspect is Accused of Stealing from Disabled Senior Under her Care
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent is pleased to report that a wanted fugitive who allegedly stole money and prescription drugs from a disabled elderly Burlington resident she was supposed to be taking care of has been taken into custody.
After a lengthy, multi-jurisdictional investigation, MARIE L. WILLIAMS, AGE 57, OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 10 and returned to Massachusetts to face arraignment in Middlesex County Superior Court on Sept. 28 on the following charges:
- Larceny over $250 from a Disabled Person Over 60 (Five Counts)
- Larceny Under $250
- Abuse of an Elderly or Disabled Person
- Larceny of Drugs
- Identity Fraud
- Being a Common and Notorious Thief
WILLIAMS was arrested by Orlando Police on charges stemming from a series of incidents that began in 2015. She is accused of stealing money and prescription drugs from an elderly man. WILLIAMS was working as the home health aide for the victim through a friend of a relative and not any particular agency.
Williams was indicted in July 2017 but fled the area.
“The Burlington Police Department did not give up in its pursuit of suspect who allegedly took advantage of and robbed a vulnerable resident who was supposed to be in her care,” Chief Kent said. “I am extremely proud of the work that went into resolving this case and the time and effort put forth by no fewer than four different law enforcement agencies in two states that ensured that this suspect could not escape justice.”
WILLIAMS was located after a follow-up investigation by Burlington Police detectives, who worked in conjunction with detectives from the Cambridge Police Department and Orlando, Florida Police. The suspect was brought back to Massachusetts by members of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Apprehension Unit.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.