Investigation into Assault, Attempted Abduction of 10-Year-Old Girl Leads Police to Suspect Winchester – Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli reports that the Winchester Police Department, investigating an attack on a 10-year-old girl, will seek charges against the same sexual assault suspect arrested last week by the Boston Police Department. The Department is expected to shortly announce […]
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Investigation into Assault, Attempted Abduction of 10-Year-Old Girl Leads Police to Suspect
Winchester – Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli reports that the Winchester Police Department, investigating an attack on a 10-year-old girl, will seek charges against the same sexual assault suspect arrested last week by the Boston Police Department.
The Department is expected to shortly announce charges against a 36-year-old Westwood man who was arrested in Boston on Sunday for an attack in the Fenway neighborhood. Police allege that the suspect attacked and tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl on Saturday, one day before he was taken into custody.
On Saturday, Sept.19, 2015 at approximately 4:20 p.m., Winchester Police responded to Skillings Field by the walk through tunnel for a report of an assault on a child. Upon arrival, the child reported that she was approached by a white male with scruffy facial hair.
The suspect allegedly asked the girl if she knew what time it was and she said she did not know. The suspect then walked away through the tunnel toward Spruce Street, but reappeared a short time later while the girl was walking through the tunnel and placed his hand over her mouth and picked her up off of the ground. The girl kicked and tried to yell and she was eventually able to get away from the man. She ran out onto the field and approached a group of adults and told them about the incident, who then called police and the girl’s parents.
Police conducted a thorough search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.
An investigation was launched, and footage was taken from multiple surveillance cameras. The investigation quickly pointed to the suspect.
This appears to be an isolated incident, and no other types of incidents like have been reported in the region.
“This is a very disturbing case in which a man allegedly attacked a young girl,” Chief Albertelli said. “Our detectives worked aggressively and diligently to put together a case, and I am grateful that this appears to be an isolated incident. I also want to recognize the victim in this case. Despite a terrible trauma and attempted abduction, this young girl had the presence of mind to fight off her attacker and immediately report what had happened to a group of adults. She is very brave.”
More information will be released when it becomes available. Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the Winchester Police Department at 781-729-1212.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Matthew McAveeney was captured in Belmont North Carolina and charged with being a fugitive from justice. McAveeney will be transported back to Massachusetts and charged with murder and other offenses related to the death of his mother, Barbara McAveeney at the Parkview Condominiums.
The Winchester Police Department would like to thank all agencies involved with the investigation and capture of McAveeney including the Massachusetts State Police and Belmont North Carolina Police Department.
Wanted by Winchester Police Department & Massachusetts State Police, for Armed Assault with Intent to Murder
Joint Press Release
WOBURN and WINCHESTER — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a young man who allegedly broke into homes in both communities over the past few weeks.
After conferring with homeowners in both communities who engaged the suspect, Woburn and Winchester police are confident that the same suspect allegedly broke into the homes in the Horn Pond Area with the intent to commit burglary. Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr. and Winchester Police Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli are asking anyone who may recognize this individual to come forward.
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic or light-skinned African American male, approximately 6′ tall, in his early 20s with black marks or possible acne scars on his face. In some instances, he was seen wearing a dirty, light-gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
The behavior is the same each time. The suspect breaks into homes in the early morning hours via windows in the first floor or basement. Sometimes the homes are occupied, and police believe he may also have broken into unoccupied homes. He works alone, and when confronted by residents, he is described as very polite and apologetic as he runs away.
However, police believe he may escalate his behavior and potentially harm people. He should be considered dangerous.
“Outward behavior should not lull residents into a false sense of security. This is a dangerous felon who breaks into people’s homes, often while they are asleep inside,” Chief Ferullo said. “If anyone recognizes this individual or has knowledge of his crimes, please call the police department.”
Press Release Contact:
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, §§ 178C-178Q, the individual who appears on this notification has been designated as a Level 3 Sex Offender by the Sex Offender Registry Board. The Board has determined that this individual is at a high risk to reoffend and that the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active community notification.
Clarence Thomas Alan Germano works for
a company based in Winchester.
He is NOT a resident of Winchester
THIS INDIVIDUAL IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE
Level 3 Sex Offender
Name: THOMAS ALAN GERMANO
Date of Birth: 07/27/1961
1 PRINCETON ROAD,
WOBURN, MA 01801
Sex: MALE Race: WHITE
Height: 5’07” Weight: 265 lbs
Eye Color: BLUE Hair Color: BLOND OR
Conviction Date(s)/Offenses Committed:
02/14/2014, INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE
02/14/2014, INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE
**********WARNING********** SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE USED TO COMMIT A CRIME OR TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT OF AN OFFENDER. ANY PERSON WHO USES INFOMRATION DISCLOSED PURSUANT TO M.G.L. C. 6, §§ 178C - 178Q FOR SUCH PURPOSES SHALL BE PUNISHED BY NOT MORE THAN TWO AND ONE HALF (2 ½) YEARS IN A HOUSE OF CORRECTION OR BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00) OR BOTH (M.G.L. C. 6, § 178N). IN ADDITION, ANY PERSON WHO USES REGISTRY INFORMATION TO THEREATEN TO COMMIT A CRIME MAY BE PUNISHED BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) OR BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN SIX (6) MONTHS (M.G.L. C. 275, § 4).
On 07/29/2014 a resident reported receiving a phone call by 202-506-9775 at approx. 10AM stating they were from the IRS and that there were warrants out for his arrest unless he paid a fee. The resident wanted confirmation that this was a legitimate phone call, but the person speaking (“Damon Marshall”) hung-up. At approx. 11:03 AM, the resident got another call from 781-729-1214 (Winchester Police Department’s actual number). The individual on the phone stated he was with Winchester Police and that there were warrants for his arrest and told him to call 800-829-7650. The resident ended the call and redialed 781-729-1214 to see if the number was actually the Winchester Police Department. The resident confirmed it was the WPD but did not ask any further questions only confirmed number. The resident called that 800 number and “Damon Marshall” who answered, told him to get $5000 on prepaid cards and call back with the serial numbers. The resident went to CVS, got 10 MoneyPak prepaid cards with $500 each on them (total $5000), called the number back, and gave each of the serial numbers on the back to “Damon Marshall”.
The Winchester Police Department is warning residents of this scam. The Winchester Police Department will not contact residents on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. If there were an actual warrant for your arrest, The Winchester Police Department WOULD NOT contact you by phone and would absolutely not request money to resolve the issue. If you are contacted by any person or organization demanding payments and it seems suspicious, please contact Winchester Police.
Investigation Began After Feb. 2014 Heroin Death, Police May Seek Additional Charges
WINCHESTER — Police Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli announces that a pair of local brothers have been arrested and charged after a lengthy investigation that started in February with the overdose death of a Quincy man.
TIMOTHY SALVATORE SABBAG, AGE 24 OF JAMES STREET IN WINCHESTER has been charged with the following:
• Distribution of a Class A Substance (Heroin)
• Distribution of a Class C Substance (Diazepam)
• Distribution of a Class D Substance (Marijuana)
• Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute (Heroin)
• Possession of a Class C Substance with Intent to Distribute (Diazepam)
• Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute (Marijuana)
• Conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act
Police are also working with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and may also seek additional charges in connection with the February overdose death.
His younger brother, NICHOLAS ROBERT SABBAG, AGE 18, ALSO OF JAMES STREET IN WINCHESTER has been charged with the following:
• Distribution of a Class C Substance (Diazepam)
• Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act
“Today we are seeing the results of extremely hard work by the Winchester Police Department and our partner agencies,” Chief Albertelli said. “The amazing level of cooperation that exists among municipal and regional law enforcement groups helped this case come together, and a pair of drug dealers won’t be selling their poison in our community anymore.”
The arrests came after an investigation by Winchester Police, with the assistance of the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force, which acts as a force multiplier by bringing in personnel and resources from a variety of local and regional agencies under the command of Winchester PD.
The investigation began in February after a 25-year-old Quincy man died of a heroin overdose while in his motor vehicle in Winchester. Police reviewed the victim’s phone records and text messages and determined that he had allegedly communicated with TIMOTHY SABBAG via text message less than an hour before he died. In fact, text message records showed that the victim allegedly met with TIMOTHY SABBAG just 12 minutes before the victim called 911 and was found, unresponsive, minutes later.
A detailed investigation followed, using resources from a number of police agencies, through the regional task force, which ultimately led to police arresting TIMOTHY SABBAG in a parking lot in Winchester on Friday, July 11, 2014 and then immediately executing a search warrant of his home.
Searching the home, police found thousands of dollars in cash, a large quantity of marijuana, diazepam/Valium pills, lorazepam/Ativan pills, a quantity of heroin, a scale, plastic bags, and other drug paraphernalia. NICHOLAS SABBAG was arrested at the home.
Winchester has experienced two confirmed overdose deaths so far in 2014. Heroin and opioid overdoses are a major problem in communities around the country. In March, Governor Deval Patrick declared it to be a Public Health Crisis.
“It is not enough to simply arrest drug dealers for dealing drugs. In this instance, our investigation showed that Timothy Sabbag sold heroin to a man minutes before he died of a heroin overdose,” Chief Albertelli said. “We need to hold these people accountable for not just the lives that they ruin, but also the lives that their products end.”
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Since the reported mountain lion sighting in February, The Winchester Police Department received a report of another sighting approximately 10 days later. A photograph of a second paw print (below) located at this sighting was sent to several independent mountain lion organizations in the United States. Experts from those organizations have conclusively stated that the paw print belongs to a mountain lion. The Winchester Police Department is reminding residents to be mindful that a mountain lion may still be in town. For more information, see our previous post at http://www.winchesterpd.org/?p=1311.
A mountain lion has been sighted in Winchester. A resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood off of Ridge Street. Massachusetts Environmental Police responded and viewed the animal’s paw print and stated the tracks strongly resembled that of a mountain lion. Photos of the tracks were sent to Mass Wildlife for verification. The Mountain Lion Foundation website offers a lot of information to the public including this excerpt:
HOW SAFE ARE
Excerpt from Outdoor Magazine
California Dept. of Fish & Game, May, 2012
“DFG (California Dept. of Fish and Game) does not consider mountain lion sightings near human habitation a public safety concern as long as the lion is not exhibiting aggressive behavior towards people. Mountain lions occur most anywhere you can find their primary prey, which is deer. As you likely know, deer not only live in remote forests, but also in green belts, parkways and riparian corridors along rivers. As such, mountain lion sightings in these areas are not uncommon, and DFG receives numerous reports of lions in these settings every month. Mountain lions are considered beneficial in these settings as they maintain healthy deer herds by keeping their populations in check.
DFG has scientific evidence that mountain lions inhabiting areas close to humans are no real cause for concern. We have either conducted or been associated with mountain lion studies that have monitored their movements in such areas. We typically capture mountain lions and place a radio collar on them in order to track their movements. The information gleaned from these collars has provided some illuminating results. They have indicated that mountain lions regularly use such areas more frequently than we have previously thought, and that these lions generally attempt to stay away from people.
For example, in Southern California, university researchers have placed collars on these big cats in a heavily used park. They also placed trail loggers and remotely triggered cameras along popular trails to estimate human use. Surprisingly, the results indicated that some lions were mere feet away from people who were unaware of the lion’s presence. During the course of this study, no reports of aggressive lion behaviors were ever reported to the researchers or park personnel.
“The Mountain Lion Foundation also suggests several steps to keep yourself safe in the unlikely event you encounter a mountain lion:
If you do see a mountain lion, no matter how thrilled you are to be one of the very few who gets such an opportunity, stay well back, and take the encounter seriously.
Make yourself appear as large as possible.
Make yourself appear larger by picking up your children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other adults. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.
Yell, shout, bang your walking stick against a tree. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly, firmly and loudly to disrupt and discourage predatory behavior.
Act like a predator yourself.
Maintain eye contact. Never run past or from a mountain lion. Never bend over or crouch down. Aggressively wave your raised arms, throw stones or branches, all without turning away.
Slowly create distance.
Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, or between the lion and its prey or cache. Back slowly to a spot that gives the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away from the animal. Give a mountain lions the time and ability to move away.
If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have utilized rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away cougars.
For more information, download the pdf brocheure published by the Mountain Lion Foundation and visit their site at http://www.mountainlion.org/portalprotect.asp
Mountain Lion Brochure (pdf download)
The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community is launching tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat”.
Reserved exclusively for Public Safety purposes and powered by CitizenObserver, a St. Paul MN company, tip411 puts a powerful new crime fighting tool into the hands of our community for all ages and demographics. tip411 is a national program that benefits over 1000 communities around the county.
Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to Winchester Police by texting the word Winchester and the tip information to 847411 (tip411).
Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Department’s website at www.winchesterpd.org (look under CONTACT) or from the direct link at http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=10750
Its 100% anonymous. CitizenObserver’s technology removes all identifying information before the Winchester Police Department see’s it so there’s no way to identify the sender.
The tip line is not intended for emergencies. If you want to notify police of an emergency, dial 911.
CitizenObserver, a St. Paul, MN company founded in 2000, provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education, and public safety agencies in over 40 states.