Suspect in the attempted kidnapping of a woman from Mass. in custody, police say


A man suspected of attempting to kidnap a woman in the city of Burlington, Massachusetts is in police custody. Burlington Police Chief Thomas Browne said Tyler Healey, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Winthrop. Healey was brought to the Burlington Police Department around 6:05 p.m. The cousin of the woman targeted in the attack told NewsCenter 5’s Mary Saladna that when their family learned of the man’s arrest, it was the first time in two days that the victim was seen. smiling. Browne said officers received a 911 call at 8.20pm on Sunday from a person who said she was driving home from work when she saw a woman being dragged by a man on Middlesex Turnpike near Great Meadow Road. The victim was able to flee and police found him when he arrived moments later, officials said. A woman under a year old spoke to Nathalie Pozo of NewsCenter 5, who translated the victim’s comments from Spanish to English. “When I looked up, the man was right on top of me. Killing me,” the victim said. “I was screaming. I was trying to push him away. He was pulling me by one arm. In the fight, I remained shirtless. “When the woman in the SUV passed, thanks to her, everything stopped,” the victim added. The 911 caller told WCVB that she was returning home when she witnessed the attack. She had no clothes on the top half, he had ripped that off her, and was dragging her and she was fighting like hell.” Surveillance video from a nearby building shows the situation unfolding. The start of the Video shows the woman walking the sidewalk in the distance, with the man following close behind. The woman crosses the road, towards Great Meadow Road. The man, seen chasing her, eventually catches up to her at the intersection. The victim struggles with her attacker, trying to defend herself The man grabs her and begins to drag her away before a passing vehicle ducks down to help The man lets go of the woman and flees A wake up call for us all. The public needs to be vigilant. Everyone thinks this sort of thing doesn’t happen in Burlington, and it usually doesn’t, but we all need to be aware that it, in fact, can happen n anywhere. We need people to pay attention, use the buddy system and be aware of your environment,” Browne said.

A man suspected of attempting to kidnap a woman in the city of Burlington, Massachusetts is in custody.

Burlington Police Chief Thomas Browne said Tyler Healey, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Winthrop. Healey was brought to the Burlington Police Department around 6:05 p.m.

The cousin of the woman targeted in the attack told NewsCenter 5’s Mary Saladna that when their family learned of the man’s arrest, it was the first time in two days the victim had been seen smiling .

Browne said officers received a 911 call at 8.20pm on Sunday from a person who said she was driving home from work when she saw a woman being dragged by a man on Middlesex Turnpike near Great Meadow Road.

The victim was able to flee and police found him when he arrived moments later, officials said.

The man, apparently startled by the 911 caller parking his vehicle nearby, fled on foot, officials said.

The victim of the attack, a 27-year-old woman, spoke to Nathalie Pozo of NewsCenter 5, who translated the victim’s comments from Spanish to English.

“When I looked up, the man was right on top of me. I thought, ‘This man is going to rape me, is going to kill me,’” the victim said. “I was screaming. I was trying to fight him. He was pulling me by one arm. In the struggle, I ended up topless.

“When the woman in the SUV passed, thanks to her, everything stopped,” added the victim.

The 911 caller told WCVB that she was returning home when she witnessed the attack.

“I got to the last bend and there was the girl who was being dragged through the parking lot by her hair,” the 911 caller said. “She had no clothes on the top half, he ripped that off her , and dragged her and she fought like hell.”

Surveillance video from a nearby building shows the evolving situation.

The beginning of the video shows the woman walking on the sidewalk in the distance, followed closely by the man. The woman crosses the road, towards Great Meadow Road. The man, seen chasing her, ends up catching up with her at the intersection.

The victim struggles with his attacker, trying to defend himself. The man grabs her and begins dragging her away before a passing vehicle slows down to help. The man lets go of the woman and runs away.

“To be able to help someone else and make sure she was able to reunite with her family and return home means a lot,” the 911 caller said.

“This is a wake-up call for all of us. The public needs to be vigilant. Everyone thinks this kind of thing doesn’t happen in Burlington, and it usually doesn’t, but we need to all be aware that this, in fact, can happen anywhere. We need people to pay attention, use the buddy system and be aware of your surroundings,” Browne said.


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