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After crashing a stolen Acura, a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

Stan Forman/WCVB

NEWTON, Mass. — A suspect was taken into custody in Bedford on Monday after leading police on a wild chase through several towns.

The suspect was arrested on Springs Road after the vehicle struck a pole, according to Billerica police. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital, sources said.

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The incident started in Newton, where shots were fired during a carjacking in West Newton Square. The suspect vehicle fled to Billerica, where a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

The suspect led police to Carlisle, where shots were fired. The suspect then crashed the second stolen vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, in Concord and carjacked a Ford Flex at gunpoint on Lowell Road.

“There were numerous cruisers on the side of the road. The gentleman just crashed the car, and we heard someone say he hijacked the car,” witness Jason Drinkwater said. “It’s crazy. In Concord, it’s crazy.”

The suspect then fled to Hanscom Air Force Base, where the car drove through the guard gate. The driver continued and was arrested on Springs Road in Bedford when the vehicle struck a pole, police said.

The suspect was not identified.

Police investigate Smith Street incident 

LOWELL, Mass. — Lowell police are searching for two men in connection with an attempted armed carjacking of a Department of Public Works sanding vehicle Thursday.

A city employee said the men approached him while he was sanding Smith Street at 2 a.m., the Lowell Sun reported. He said the men pulled up in a black car and stopped on the sidewalk so he was forced to stop.

The victim said the men were wearing black masks and one had a gun. They yelled at him to get out of his vehicle, but he put the truck in reverse, and the men ran back to their car, the newspaper reported.

Police were called to the area, but the men were not found.

Louis Torres ordered held without bail

Ashland Police

ASHLAND, Mass. — An Ashland man whose alleged carjacking attempt was thwarted by the intended victim and a Good Samaritan has been held without bail.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Louis Torres approached a man outside a supermarket Sunday, told him he had a gun and demanded his car keys.

The MetroWest Daily News reports Torres punched the man and hit him with a backpack, before the victim fought back and subdued Torres with the help of a passer-by.

The victim held Torres until police arrived. No gun was found.

Torres faces several charges, including armed carjacking.

Torres, who represented himself at arraignment, did not argue for bail and told the judge he intends to plead guilty.

The judge said he could not plead guilty in District Court because the charges are Superior Court matters.

When someone chooses to take the life of another they are committing a mortal sin “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. Sometimes we find that we have to protect ourselves and our families against those that mean us harm.  We are given the right to do this in most cases. In this case, Gary Lee Sampson intended to steal the car that both Jonathan Rizzo, 19, of Kingston, and Philip McCloskey, 69, of Taunton, were driving (Read more: While attempting to steal the car, Mr. Sampson opted to brutally stab the two men to death. Mr. Sampson was also convicted of another murder committed in the same week this incident occurred.  It’s obvious that Mr. Sampson cares not for the lives of others. In fact, he cares not for his own life, if he did he wouldn’t be committing acts that would most certainly cause him to meet his own end. With that being said, we now learn from Mr. Sampson’s attorney, William McDaniels that he only has no more than 10 years to live. The families of the murdered victims cannot see past their own grief and pain, and rightfully so; they just want Mr. Sampson to be put to death. Their loved ones had no choice in whether they lived or died.  Their death sentence was chosen for them by a criminal who had no cares in the world not even for himself. He left a trail of wounded hearts and souls behind him that yearn for all that could have been. Now the victims along with all of those who continue to follow this case have to hear from McDaniels that Sampson is suffering from chronic active Hepatitis C and advanced cirrhosis of e liver, which is the reason he is not expected to live past 10 years.

In everyone’s eyes they know that is 10 more years than the 3 lives that he took without remorse. So you ask yourself a moral question, is it right to take the life of a man whose time on this earth is limited because of his ailments? Forgetting his grievous crimes, we know in our hearts that this man, either way will not be permitted to live his life in the way that he had hoped. He will not step outside as a free man and make his own choices like the rest of us. So wrapping your head around this reality must make you think; maybe, just maybe, why would we spend money on a trial just to get the legal right to take the life of a man who is literally already dead inside. Whatever happens now, the three victims who lost their lives will not be brought back to life.  All the families and mourners will still mourn their losses for a life time. I’m not certain that a peace of mind could truly be found in knowing that any one person could have had a hand in deciding to kill someone who is already dying inside and quite painfully I might add. I’m not at all sympathetic to his pain by any stretch of the imagination, I just know that I could not knowingly pull a switch on someone who is going to die any way.  It’s the same as someone murdering someone who has terminal cancer because they couldn’t wait to receive their inheritance. It just seems morally wrong and cold-blooded.

Although it is difficult to find peace within your pain, we all must remember that each decision we make is one that we will have to live with in this life and the next.

My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and those having to serve on this case. Pain accompanies us for a lifetime but how we manage it is our choice. Good comes from all evil if you learn how to deal with it. Don’t hold in your pain, work together to release it. Let those you have lost look down on you with pride.

Felina S Robinson

January 22, 2014

Sampson pleaded guilty to 3 murders in 2001

Gary Sampson

BOSTON — A man facing a new federal death penalty sentencing trial in the carjack killings of two Massachusetts men is in “precarious” health and likely has only a few years left to live, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Gary Lee Sampson has chronic active Hepatitis C and advanced cirrhosis of the liver, attorney William McDaniels said during a hearing in federal court. He is expected to live a maximum of 10 years, but more likely five years or less, McDaniels said.

Sampson’s lawyer revealed his client’s condition during a hearing to set a possible date for Sampson’s new sentencing hearing. After nearly three hours of discussion, no date was immediately set.

Sampson pleaded guilty in the 2001 killings of Jonathan Rizzo, 19, of Kingston, and Philip McCloskey, 69, of Taunton, two men he confessed to carjacking, then stabbing to death. He was convicted separately in state court in New Hampshire in the killing of a third man during the same weeklong crime spree.

Sampson, now 54, was sentenced to death on federal charges after jurors heard weeks of grisly testimony about how he killed Rizzo and McCloskey after reassuring each man that he only planned to steal their cars.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf overturned Sampson’s death sentence in 2011 after finding that one of the jurors had repeatedly lied during the jury selection process. Prosecutors announced last month that they plan to seek the death penalty again during a second sentencing trial.

During Tuesday’s court hearing, Sampson’s lawyer made it clear that his defense team is hoping to persuade federal prosecutors to drop their bid for the death penalty and allow Sampson to serve life in prison instead.

McDaniels made his remarks about Sampson’s health while discussing how the defense team met with prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and made a case against the death penalty.

“The fact of the matter is Mr. Sampson’s health is precarious and it’s real,” he said.

McDaniels said Sampson’s health “bears on the practicality” of putting everyone, including the families of Rizzo and McCloskey, through another trial. He said the defense team told federal prosecutors about Sampson’s health and said they would like to find an alternative to the death penalty “that would satisfy the legitimate needs of the families and make sense for the system overall.”

But Rizzo’s father, Michael Rizzo, said after the hearing that the families are united in their belief that Sampson should be put to death for his crimes.

“I think we would like to see Mr. Sampson executed, put to death in a way not of his choosing,” Rizzo said. “That’s what he invoked and made happen to our families.”

Sampson, a drifter who grew up in Abington, was the first person sentenced to death in Massachusetts under the federal death penalty law. There is no state death penalty.

During the hearing Tuesday, Wolf rejected a request by prosecutors to consider recusing himself from the case because of a personal relationship he has with one of the prosecutors. Wolf worked at the same law office as the prosecutor’s father-in-law from 1977 to 1981, attended the prosecutor’s wedding and has occasionally given him and his wife career advice.

Wolf rejected the request, saying he has not received a formal motion to step down, had shown no signs of bias and had ruled fairly during his long involvement in the case.

Mel Evans / AP

A police officer arrives at a parking garage at The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J., where a fatal carjacking took place the day before.

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

Four men were arrested and charged with murder in the carjacking and shooting death of a man who was leaving an upscale New Jersey mall after shopping with his wife a week and a half before Christmas, authorities said Saturday.

The target of the attack appeared to be the man’s Range Rover, said Carolyn Murray, the acting Essex County prosecutor.

“It was the car, not the persons,” she told reporters.

New Jersey Department of Corrections

Four suspects in the fatal mall carjacking in New Jersey: Clockwise from left, Kevin Roberts, Hanif Thompson, Karif Ford and Basim Henry

Authorities identified the suspects as Hanif Thompson, Karif Ford, Basim Henry and Kevin Roberts, aged 29 to 33 and all from New Jersey, NBC New York reported. They were arrested Friday night and early Saturday.

The victim, Dustin Friedland, 30, had just left The Mall at Short Hills, about a half-hour outside New York, last Sunday night and opened the car door for his wife in the parking garage. He was shot at least once in the head while he was trying to get in on the driver’s side.

The attackers sped off in the car, a 2012 Range Rover. It was found abandoned the next morning in Newark, about 15 miles from the mall. The wife was not hurt in the attack.

The four men were charged with murder, carjacking and other crimes. Bail was set at $2 million for each. They could face life in prison if convicted, Murray said.

Friedland was a patent lawyer. He met his wife at Syracuse Law School, and they married two years ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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