Archives For Assault and Battery


By Eli Sherman/Wicked Local

Waltham Police Department

WALTHAM, Mass. — Police have captured one of the two suspects in last week’s fatal shooting of a Waltham teenager, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Wicked Local reported that police arrested Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton on Wednesday night in Windham, Maine.

Poulin was wanted in connection with the killing of Waltham High School senior Tyler Zanco, 17, who was found shot in the Gardencrest Apartments parking lot Thursday, March 20.

He was pronounced dead at Newton-Wellesley Hospital that night.

Poulin is slated to be arraigned Friday at 1 p.m. in Portland District Court on fugitive from justice charges.

He faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection with the Waltham homicide.

Police were able to track Poulin down in Maine based on information obtained by Waltham Police and state troopers.

If extradition is proven appropriate, he will be taken to Waltham District Court for a second arraignment on the charges he faces in Massachusetts.

The DA’s office wouldn’t speculate on when the Waltham arraignment would happen, but a spokeswoman was certain it wouldn’t be Friday.

Police continue to search for Domingo Mendes, 22, of Belmont, who is also wanted in connection with Zanco’s killing.

Mendes is wanted for murder, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He is described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches in height and about 165 pounds, according to the DA’s office.

Mendes is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees or encounters Mendes is advised to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Waltham Police at 781-314-3607 or Massachusetts State Police Detectives at 781-897-6600.


Tyler Zanco, 17, found shot in parking lot last week

Middlesex DA

WALTHAM, Mass. — Police said they are looking for two men wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Waltham high school student last week.

Tyler Zanco, 17, of Waltham, was found shot in a Waltham parking lot on Middlesex Circle at about 10 p.m. on March 20. He was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson said Domingo Mendes, 22, of Belmont, is wanted on charges of murder, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws.Murder of high school senior stuns Waltham

Mendes is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton, is wanted on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws, police said.

Poulin is described as white, 6 feet tall and weighing 220 pounds. He may be driving a black 2002 Ford Explorer.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the men is urged to call Waltham police at 781-314-3607 or Massachusetts State Police detectives at 781-897-6600.


UXBRIDGE, Mass. — A Level 3 sex offender and $10 million lottery winner living in Uxbridge was arrested on new charges Friday, according to a press release from the Uxbridge Police Department.

News partner The Milford Daily News reports that Daniel T. Snay, 62, of 558 Elmwood Ave., was arrested Friday and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 – a subsequent offense, reckless endangerment of a child, enticement of a child and dissemination of pornography to a minor, police said.

In court Monday, Snay was ordered held on $5 million bail.

According to a press release from Uxbridge Police Chief Leffrey Lourie, the new crimes Snay is accused of took place during a four-year period. Uxbridge police are working with police in Connecticut and Rhode Island as some of the alleged offenses happened in those states, police said.

Snay is listed by the Sex Offender Registry Board as a Level 3 sex offender, with convictions for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in 1974 and 1976.

In 2008, Snay won $10 million on a scratch ticket from the Massachusetts State Lottery. Police said in the release Sunday that his winnings were used to carry out the crimes leading to his arrest this week.

Department spokeswoman Melanie Blodgett-O’Toole said on Sunday that no additional information would be released until Monday, when Snay is scheduled to be arraigned in Uxbridge District Court.

Police are asking anyone who knows of any illegal activity involving Snay to contact the department’s sexual assault unit at 508-278-7755.


18-year-old accused of abusing 11-month-old cousin
Uncle Teen in abuse case doesn t understand actions

WORCESTER, Mass. — An 18-year-old Auburn man charged with physically abusing his 11-month-old cousin has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Christian McFadden was arrested Jan. 17 on a charge of assault and battery on a child after the baby girl, who lived in the same house as McFadden, was hospitalized with a cervical spine compression and fractures, as well as two skull fractures and two arm fractures that appeared older and had begun to heal. He pleaded not guilty.

Witnesses told investigators the teen had shaken the baby violently.

Family members say McFadden has mental health issues and wouldn’t hurt the child intentionally.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that a judge ruled this week that McFadden is incompetent, a ruling that is subject to periodic review.


William Kaouette, 55, charged with assault and battery 

HYANNIS, Mass. —A Hyannis man was arrested shortly after Saturday’s snowstorm for allegedly using a shovel to attack a store owner clearing a parking area with a snow blower at about 3 a.m., police say.

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William Kaouette, 55, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Barnstable police Sgt. Thomas Toomey said. Toomey said that Kaouette apparently looked out his Main Street apartment window to see snow being blown onto his car, and started screaming at the store owner.

Kaouette went outside and said he wanted to help the store owner blow snow, but he then allegedly started violently striking the store owner with a snow shovel, Toomey said.

The victim declined medical treatment at the scene, police said.

Toomey said Kaouette will be arraigned on Tuesday.


Family member to face charges, police say

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — A man will face charges Friday after he was accused of stabbing his 72-year-old mother in her Westborough home.

The incident happened in the home on Haskell Street on Thursday night, police said. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

Daniel F. Uhlman, the woman’s son, was taken into custody after a state highway worker told officials he saw a man covered in blood walking on East Main Street, police said.

He is charged with assault to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and mayhem.


Somerville parking officer curses coach, fights cop at hockey game

By Dan Atkinson, Wicked Local/Somerville

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A Somerville parking officer who had previously been arrested on assault charges reportedly cursed out the high school hockey coach and fought a police officer who tried to take him away from the game on Feb. 8, according to police reports.

Our news partners at Wicked Local/Somerville reported during the SHS boys hockey game against Salem at Veterans Memorial Rink, a detail officer reportedly saw Anthony Silvestri, 60, of 252 Medford St., approach the home team bench with one minute left in the game. After Somerville pulled its goalie and Salem scored, Silvestri reportedly yelled “What the f— are you doing? You blew the f—ing game!” at the coach.

When the officer told Silvestri he couldn’t talk like that at the rink, Silvestri reportedly cursed at him. The officer reportedly told Silvestri to leave and when Silvestri refused, put his hands on him. Silvestri reportedly pulled back and continued cursing at the officer.

The officer reportedly grabbed Silvestri and brought him to the lobby before Silvestri broke his grip, faced the officer and puffed out his chest as if he were preparing to fight, according to the officer’s report. The officer then sprayed pepper spray in Silvestri’s face and told him to put his hands behind his back, which Silvestri refused to do.

The officer then grabbed one of Silvestri’s arms and tried to pin it behind his back, but Silvestri struggled with him. The officer then pushed Silvestri against the wall and both men fell on the ground before the officer handcuffed Silvestri.

City officials have not returned a request for comment about Silvestri’s employment status. According to the city’s most recent budget, Silvestri is a parking control officer who makes $42, 466 a year. He was previously arrested in August 2012 and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, according to police reports.

After an argument with a pedestrian who claimed Silvestri almost hit him while he was in the crosswalk, Silvestri reportedly spat at the pedestrian, according to reports from the Aug. 12 incident. Silvestri then drove to a parking lot, and when the pedestrian stood in front of Silvestri’s Jeep and called police, Silvestri reportedly bumped him with his Jeep more than once.

Silvestri was placed on administrative leave following that incident, according to city officials.


Christian McFadden charged in assault on 11-month-old cousin

AUBURN, Mass. — An Auburn man is facing child abuse charges after being arrested for allegedly injuring his 11-month-old cousin, NewsCenter 5′s Kathy Curran reported.

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Christian McFadden, 18, was charged with assault and battery after authorities discovered the young girl had fractures to her spine, skull and arm.

The Department of Children and Families removed three other children who were living at the home at 9 Hill St. in Auburn.

The 11-month-old is being treated at a Worcester-area hospital.

McFadden is being held on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester Central District court on Tuesday.


Patient arrested, under police guard at hospital

METHUEN, Mass. — Holy Family hospital and police in Methuen say three people have non-life-threatening injuries after a stabbing in a locked unit at the hospital.

A spokeswoman for Steward Health Care, which owns the hospital, said Wednesday night that a patient in one of its behavioral health units “inflicted superficial wounds” on three staff members.

Brooke Thurston said all are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. She said the hospital is “fully cooperating” with authorities in their investigation.

Yan Carlos Nunez, 20, of Lawrence was arrested and charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Nunez was being held under police guard at the hospital.

It’s not the first time the hospital has been the site of a violent attack.

In 1999, Dr. James Kartell fatally shot his wife’s lover, Janos Vajda, while both men were visiting her at Holy Family Hospital, where she was recovering from pneumonia. Kartell was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served seven years in prison.


Police say suspect fought officers

Cohasset police

COHASSET, Mass. —A K-9 police officer helped authorities apprehend a suspect in Cohasset on Saturday, news partner Wicked Local reports.

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Police said they confronted a 52-year-old man in Norwell Saturday who was wanted in connection with an alleged domestic abuse assault and battery.

The suspect refused to show his hands and surrender to police, so K-9 officer Erik, a 3-year-old Slovakian German shepherd, was deployed to control the suspect, officials said.

“Foolishly, he opted to fight with the officers and a well-trained police dog,” said William Quigley, the acting police chief of Cohasset.

Officers were able to handcuff the man after Erik made contact with the suspect.

James Hazelhurt, of Stoughton, was charged with domestic assault and battery and resisting arrest. He was treated and released at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

The dog was not injured, police said.

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