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Alleged Tewksbury Rapist Tracked Down In New Jersey

Aug 12, 2015 03:17AM ● By Bill Gilman

Robert Gardner

An alleged rapist learned the hard way that the Tewksbury Police will travel any distance to track down a suspect.

Robert Gardner, 39, of 317 Boston Rd, Billerica, was arrested this week in a rural area of New Jersey. He is wanted in connection with an attack on a woman at the Motel 6 last month.

According to Tewksbury Police, officers responded to the Motel 6 on July 25 for a report that a woman had been held against her will, brutally assaulted and suffocated.  The suspect, who was identified Gardner, fled the area prior to police arrival.  A search of the area with police canine units failed to locate the suspect.

According to investigators, it was not believed to be a random act as the victim knew the suspect. 

An investigation began into the whereabouts of Gardner.  The TPD worked in conjunction with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) to help locate Gardner.

During the investigation, it was learned that Gardner fled to the Newark, NJ area.  With the help from the New Jersey State Police/U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Gardner was located in a rural area in New Jersey.  

Gardner is being charged as a fugitive from justice in New Jersey and will await a rendition hearing to decide when he will be transported to Massachusetts.  Gardner will face the following charges in Massachusetts: aggravated rape, assault and battery, kidnapping, suffocation, intimidation of a witness and threats to commit a crime. 

"We would like to thank all of the agencies involved in this multi-jurisdictional effort to locate Gardner," said Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan. "This was an excellent example of agencies collaborating to ensure a violent fugitive was placed into police custody. "


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