John P. Muldoon
March 6, 2020
IPSWICH — A Mattapan man is being held on cash bail after he allegedly tried to force a woman into his car at Pavilion Beach Tuesday.
The woman escaped by pretending a man nearby was her husband, police said.
Police said they arrested the suspect after a 30-minute standoff on Jeffreys Neck Road where they had to smash a car window to haul the man out.Pavilion Beach
The suspect, Anson V. Frazier, 30, of 27 Briarcliff Terrace, Mattapan, was still in custody Friday afternoon on $5,000 cash bail, according to records in Ipswich District Court.
Records said Frazier was charged with:
- Attempt to commit a crime, to wit kidnapping
- Resisting arrest, and
- Assault and battery.
Should he make bail, he will have to wear an electronic monitor, stay away from Ipswich and the victim, not leave the state, remain drug and alcohol free and undergo random screening, and not possess any firearms or dangerous weapons, the court record said.
The incident reportedly happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, the police complaint on file said.
According to one report written by Officer Ryan Mayer, police were told a man “attempted to grab a woman and pull her into his vehicle.”
Mayer, who arrived first at Pavilion Beach, said he was met by a “distraught” woman, 65, who said she saw a man doing yoga on the beach.
The suspect “approached her and grabbed her right arm with both hands and began forcibly pushing her towards his car saying that he had a dog service that she would be very interested in,” the complaint alleged.
Police said the woman pointed to the vehicle next to her and said the man inside was her husband and they could talk with him about the service.
Mayer said that was a ruse to have Frazier let her go while simultaneously signalling for help.
Frazier “then let go of [the woman] and got in his vehicle and attempted to leave the scene at a high rate of speed,” the complaint alleged.
One man who said he witnessed the alleged abduction attempt told police Frazier “was acting strange on the beach, doing yoga poses near the water and believed he may have been on drugs due to his actions.”
Another witness told police “Frazier went near the water and started performing yoga [and] seemed to be laughing and talking to himself, and pacing around.”
The woman, whose daughter and grandchildren witnessed the alleged incident, “was in fear for her safety and stated that she thought Anton Frazier was there to grab whoever he could get his hands on,” Mayer’s report said.
With a number of witnesses in the area, police were given a license plate and a description, it added.
One man attempted to follow the car while another woman called 911, police said.
On the lookout for a gray Hyundai on his way toward the beach, Officer Daniel Holway saw the car, turned around and pulled the Hyundai over near 37 Jeffreys Neck Road, his report said.
Holway said he approached and asked the driver for license and registration, which was supplied, the report added.
Holway said his plan was to get Frazier’s side of the story while waiting for more information from Mayer and Officer Kelly Phelan, who had joined him at Pavilion.
He said he asked Frazier if he was at the beach. The driver replied that he had completed a delivery to Gloucester.
“But he later told me that he came here from Mattapan to enjoy the weather and meditate on the beach,” Holway said.
Frazier reportedly said “he only approached people and asked them if there were into dog massages and he didn’t touch anyone,” Holway’s complaint said.
Holway said he then heard back from the beach and told Frazier he was under arrest, the report added.
At that point, “he rolled up his window and locked his vehicle doors,” Holway said.
Officer Mark Ruggiero was at the scene at this point and the officers reportedly tried to talk Frazier out of the car for around 30 minutes, Holway said.
At one point, Frazier told police he wanted to get back to work, Holway added.
“Frazier was advised by me several times that his actions were making the circumstances worse and that his actions would result in further criminal charges,” Ruggiero’s report said.
However, Frazier reportedly lowered the driver’s side window a little for a few minutes “to allow limited conversation,” he added.
Although the Hyundai was boxed in, police said the engine was still running, and that presented an unsafe situation.
“After all options were exhausted,” Mayer said police decided to use a special tool to break the passenger side window to pull Frazier from the vehicle.
“This was explained to Anson very clearly at which point, Anson indicated he understood what I was explaining to him and what was about to happen,” Holway said.
After the window was smashed, Holway said he reached in, unlocked the passenger door and two officers reportedly hauled Frazier out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him.
Frazier is due to appear in court again April 8.