State Police Arrest Driver for Kidnapping on Interstate 93 in South Boston

Massachusetts State Police–02262012–State Police Arrest Driver for Kidnapping on Interstate 93 in South Boston

Today at approximately 5:25 p.m., Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters answered a cellular 911 call from a 34 year-old Lawrence woman stating that she had been kidnapped by the father of her child.  The call was immediately transferred to the State Police barracks in South Boston, where Trooper Jim Gordon, the desk officer, obtained vital information from the emotional caller: that the vehicle she was in was a blue Audi that was traveling on Route 93 in the Quincy area.  The line then went dead.  Trooper Gordon dispatched cruisers to Route 93 to be on the lookout for the vehicle, while Dispatcher Jack McDonough broadcast the limited information available over regional radio channels.

Simultaneously Dispatcher Rick Teevens contacted the cell phone provider in an attempt to gather more information.

Meanwhile, Trooper Joseph Gray, having heard the description of the suspect vehicle, was monitoring traffic on Route 93 northbound in Quincy when he observed a vehicle fitting the general description.  Trooper Gray initiated a stop of the vehicle north of Columbia Road and quickly determined this to be the wanted vehicle, a 2000 Audi S4.

The victim and suspect were separated and questioned by troopers.  Upon confirmation of the victim’s story, the operator of the vehicle, Kenneth Tozier Jr., 24, of Methuen, was placed under arrest and charged with kidnapping.  He is currently being held at the South Boston Barracks on $100,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court in the morning.

The child that the suspect and victim have in common was not in the vehicle at the time of the  incident.

Per State Police policy, the booking photo of the suspect will not be released. We also will not be releasing the victim’s identity.  No further information is available at this time.

Please do not call the barracks directly.