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Prosecutors say girlfriend knew man under different name
A Massachusetts man has been accused of trying to strangle a woman at a Salem hotel and then leading police on a high-speed chase.
Salem police said a woman told them Gerald Fraize, 38, attacked her in their room at La Quinta Inn on March 23. When officers arrived, the saw a car described as Fraize’s leaving the area.
In court Wednesday, Fraize denied that he was behind the wheel of the car, saying he asked an acquaintance to pick it up for him. He said he looks forward to his day in court and believes most or all of the charges against him will be dismissed.
Fraize is facing eight charges, including second-degree assault and simple assault.
Prosecutors said Fraize, who his girlfriend knew as Jerry Crosher, attacked the woman in their hotel room.
“He’s accused of strangling a woman in a hotel room,” said prosecutor Jason Grosky. “When she sought the help of another, he’s accused of taking her cellphone and throwing it into a toilet, rendering her unable to call for help.”
Police said that when they arrived, Fraize took off, weaving in and out of traffic and making his way to Interstate 93 south. Prosecutors said Massachusetts police clocked Fraize going 120 mph.
The chase was called off for safety reasons, and Fraize was eventually arrested in Derry by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Grosky said Fraize has a long criminal history dating back to the 1990s, and his driving license had been suspended in New Hampshire.
Bail was set at $25,000 cash only. Fraize is scheduled to appear back in court within 10 days for a probable cause hearing.
Chase led police through several towns
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.
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.