BILLERICA, Mass. — For more than 30 minutes Tuesday, multiple local police departments and the state police, including helicopter and canine support teams, launched a frantic search for a woman who witnesses said was abducted from the parking lot of a restaurant on Nashua Road in North Billerica.
According to police dispatch recordings available on Broadcastify, which offers livestream audio of police and fire recordings, a witness called 911 about 12:06 p.m. to report a woman and man were fighting, and the man dragged the woman into a car, and sped off. They were able to provide a description of the suspect and the make and model of the car.
"Based on the information provided by the witness, it did appear that this woman was being held against her will," said Billerica Police Chief Roy Frost. "We were concerned about the woman's well-being, so we put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert to our officers," Frost said.
Area units did not locate the vehicle, but the BOLO was broadcast to Bedford, Mass., and state police departments. At 12:30 p.m., a state police trooper spotted the vehicle 16 miles south of Billerica, headed eastbound on Route 2 just past exit 133 in an area bounded by the communities of Arlington, Cambridge and Somerville, Mass.
The suspect fled the vehicle on foot, and was pursued by a canine team from Arlington police, along with undercover officers and uniformed divisions from the Cambridge, Somerville and Arlington police departments.
The 400-plus students at Arlington's Hardy Elementary School were locked down while police set up a perimeter to search for the suspect. The suspect has not been apprehended as of Wednesday afternoon, but has been identified, Frost said.
"It's an ongoing, open investigation, The victim is cooperating with the police. The victim in this case is known to the suspect — they know each other," Frost said. "She was uninjured, but we'll be working with the victim to determine whether or not criminal charges will be filed in this case."