Wareham police capture fugitive accused of attacking officer; 3 others charged


    Anthony Vieira (Wareham Police Department photo)

    Wareham police said Friday that they captured a "desperate and dangerous" fugitive accused of attacking a police officer and participating in an early-morning crime spree.

    Police said 24-year-old Anthony Vieira was taken into custody after a "violent struggle with officers."

    Authorities said he smashed a window and entered A.J. Marks Jewelers on Cranberry Highway just before 3 a.m. and took thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry. They also learned he broke into a 7-Eleven earlier in the morning and got away with about $60.

    About a half hour later, an officer saw Vieira running down a nearby road. The officer, who recognized Vieria as a wanted man, tried to arrest him, but the suspect struggled and was wearing multiple watches on his wrists, making it difficult to get the handcuffs on.

    The officer tried to Taze him, but he got away. Then, around 7:30 a.m., police found him at a home on Charge Pond Road, where they eventually apprehend him.

    “He resisted arrest violently," Acting Police Chief John Walcek said. "(Vieira) kicked (one of the arresting officers) at least twice and threw punches at (another arresting officer), and he was subsequently subdued after a struggle.”

    Police said Vieira “remained combative at the police station” and continued to threaten officers. He was taken to Tobey Hospital for treatment of a wound he received while scaling a barbed wire fence.

    One of the officers was transported to the hospital and released after being treated for injuries, but he is expected to miss some time at work.

    Jewelry store manager Matt Chick said Vieira was convicted of robbing the store five years ago and served a two-year sentence for that.

    “Desperate people will do desperate things," said Chick.

    Bail was set for $50,000 cash for Friday morning's incidents, but Vieira is being held without bail for missing prior court appearances.

    Vieira is facing the following new charges in addition to his multiple arrest warrants:

    • 2 counts of breaking and entering
    • Larceny from a building over $1,200
    • Larceny from a building under $1,200
    • 2 counts of malicious destruction of property
    • 2 counts of resisting arrest
    • 2 counts of assault and battery on a police officer
    • Threat to commit a crime

    Three other people were also arrested at the home and charged with accessory after the fact of a felony and misleading a police investigation. They include Samantha Bergeron, 25, Briana Raponi, 32, and Marcus Agee, 25.


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