Photos: Reading Police Looking to Identify Larceny Suspect

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Reading Police Department
Mark D. Segalla, Chief of Police
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 13, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Reading Police Looking to Identify Larceny Suspect

READING — Chief Mark Segalla and the Reading Police Department are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who is believed to be connected to a motor vehicle larceny last night.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on July 12, Reading Police received a report from a woman that she had witnessed a man suspiciously leaning against a black Audi in the shopping plaza at 1 General Way. The vehicle was parked in the vicinity of Gold’s Gym.

The woman then noticed that the passenger’s side window of the vehicle had been smashed, and that as the man walked away from the vehicle, heading east toward Market Basket, he was discarding items along the tree line. She then was able to take several photos of the man with her phone.

The owner of the vehicle reported to police that her pocketbook, which was on the floor of the passenger’s side seat, was missing. Police later recovered several items from the area that matched what was in the woman’s purse.

Reading Police believe the man may be connected to the larceny and are asking for the public’s help identifying him. He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, tan shorts, black socks and black sneakers.

“If anyone recognizes this individual, or was in the area at the time of the larceny, we ask that they please immediately call Reading Police,” Chief Segalla said. 

Those with information can call the Reading Police Department at 781-944-1212 and ask to speak to the officer in charge. All tips can remain anonymous. 

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Melrose Police Obtain Arrest Warrant After Indecent Assault and Battery Suspect Flees Country

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Melrose Police Obtain Arrest Warrant After Indecent Assault and Battery Suspect Flees Country

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that an arrest warrant has been issued after a man who is facing felony charges for alleged inappropriate conduct with women and girls in Melrose allegedly fled the country prior to his arraignment.

OLEXANDR KUSHNARENKO, AGE 48, OF MELROSE is now a wanted fugitive and will be subject to immediate arrest upon any attempt to re-enter the United States.

On May 15, Melrose Police were called to a coffee shop on Main Street after an employee reported a suspicious person who matched the description of a man police were searching for in connection with reports they had received from multiple women and girls of being inappropriately touched previously at a grocery store. Melrose Police subsequently identified that the suspect appeared to suffer from an intellectual disability and was unable to communicate with police or a translator. Police placed him in protective custody, released him to the custody of a relative, and sought a criminal complaint.

KUSHNARENKO’s arrest warrant specifies three counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 and one count of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person 14 or Over, all felony charges.

Over the course of the ongoing investigation and after repeated attempts to make contact with the suspect, Melrose Police have learned that KUSHNARENKO was seen on surveillance footage at Boston Logan International Airport boarding a flight out of the country.

KUSHNARENKO had been scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Malden District Court.

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. Chief Lyle and members of the Melrose Police Department reached out to each victim in this case today, after learning that KUSHNARENKO had fled the country.

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Armed Fugitive Opens Fire on Middleborough Police

Middleborough Police Department
Joseph Perkins, Chief of Police
99 N Main St.
Middleborough, MA 02346

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

*BREAKING NEWS*

Armed Fugitive Opens Fire on Middleborough Police

Police and Sheriff’s Department Were Serving Warrant on Wanted Suspect

Media covering this incident should stage on Smith Street at Route 28. 

MIDDLEBOROUGH — Police Chief Joseph Perkins reports that the Middleborough Police Department is urging businesses and residents between I-495 and Locust Street, along Route 28, to shelter in place after an armed fugitive opened fire on police officers this morning and has since barricaded himself inside a residence.

Middleborough Police and deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Unit were serving an arrest warrant on a wanted fugitive this morning. Police arrived at the home at 469 Wareham St. at 9:30 a.m. Upon seeing the officers approach, the suspect opened fire with a long gun.

No one was struck. Police pulled back, took cover and established a perimeter around the house. The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team has been called to the scene for mutual aid. The SWAT Team is made up of highly trained police officers from throughout the region, who report to Chief Perkins when requested.

The fugitive is barricaded inside the home, and officers are working to negotiate his peaceful and safe surrender.

Route 28 (Wareham Street) is closed in both directions between I-495 and Spruce Street. Motorists should avoid the area.

The residence in question is the only home in an otherwise commercial/industrial area of town.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

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Suspect Brought Back to Massachusetts to Answer to 1998 Child Rape, Kidnapping Charges in Saugus

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Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Suspect Brought Back to Massachusetts to Answer to 1998 Child Rape, Kidnapping Charges in Saugus

SAUGUS — A former bus driver for children with special needs who is charged with kidnapping and raping one of his young passengers in Saugus in 1998, but fled before his trial, was returned to Massachusetts Thursday night to face justice.

A relentless investigation by Saugus Police, Massachusetts State Police, the United States Marshals Services, and the Essex County District Attorney ensures that HENRY GONZALEZ, now 44, will answer to charges of rape of a child with force, kidnapping, and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

GONZALEZ, who lived in Lynn at the time of the crime in 1998, had been added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted list in 2001. He was also featured on the former America’s Most Wanted television show.

“No one on the investigative team ever forgot the victim who was so seriously harmed by this violent criminal, and no member of the team ever wavered in their dedication to hauling him out of the shadows where he was hiding and into the light of justice,” said Colonel Richard D. McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella added: “This man committed a heinous act, betraying the trust placed in him by the victim, her family and the community as a whole. For nearly 20 years, he’s evaded the law, and it is through the hard work and tireless efforts of Saugus Police Detectives, the Massachusetts State Police, the United States Marshals Services and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office that this man is now being held accountable for his actions today.”

After being located in the Dominican Republic through a joint local-state-federal investigation, GONZALEZ was arrested there earlier this year by deputy United States marshals.

“Today, I want to commend the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, the investigators with the Massachusetts State Police, the Saugus Police Department, and the deputies of the United States Marshals Service for their steadfast commitment to ensuring Henry Gonzalez be held accountable for the crimes for which he has been sought since 2000,” said John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts. “I hope this arrest brings some measure of closure to the victim and affected family members who have waited 17 years for justice in this case.”

GONZALEZ was flown into Logan Airport Thursday night under guard of United States deputy marshals and turned over to Troopers assigned to the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section. The troopers transported him to the Saugus Police Department, where he is being held pending his return to Essex Superior Court to resume criminal proceedings against him.

“This was an extraordinary collaboration of local, state, and federal law enforcement partners all for the single cause of justice for the victim and her family,” said Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

On December 16, 1998, the Saugus Police Department received a report that a 13-year-old special needs student had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by her bus driver, earlier that day. An ensuing investigation by Saugus Police detectives resulted in GONZALEZ’s arrest. The Essex District Attorney’s Office indicted GONZALEZ on two counts of rape of a child by force, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and kidnapping.

A trial was scheduled for June 2000 in Essex Superior Court but GONZALEZ did not appear for court and a warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.

Saugus detectives and the troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section began an intensive investigation to locate GONZALEZ. The investigation continued for years. The detectives and troopers eventually developed information that GONZALEZ was in the Dominican Republic. State and local investigators contacted the United States Marshals Service for assistance, and that agency began working with its resources in the Dominican. As a result, GONZALEZ was arrested there by deputy marshals in late May. His extradition was completed Thursday night.

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