Man charged with taking, killing girl
Man charged with taking, killing girl
August 5, 2007
WEYMOUTH, Mass. --Police charged a man with murdering a 7-year-old girl taken from a relative's home in the middle of the night after they found her body in his car early Sunday.
Police said Ryan Bois, 20, took the girl from a Weymouth home after she had been dropped off for a sleep-over.
Police said they discovered the girl's body in the back seat of Bois' car after they tried to pull him over at about 1:30 a.m. for driving erratically in the Washington Street area of Weymouth.
Bois allegedly tried to flee, crashing the car into a taxi near the Quincy shipyard. Bois took off on foot. The officer gave chase, releasing a police dog that chased and held Bois until police could take him into custody.
Bois was arrested for motor vehicle charges and for threatening a police officer with a knife.
Those charges were increased to murder after police said they found the girl's body in the back seat of his car.
Police did not initially identify the girl, who lived in Weymouth, saying all family members had not been notified.
Investigators said that Bois, who is homeless, was known to the family.
"We've been given information that there may be some kind of familial relationship between Bois and the family," said David Traub, a spokesman for Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating.
Investigator said the girl suffered trauma to the body, but declined to give a cause of death or discuss any other possible injuries until after an investigation by the medical examiner's office.
They were also investigating whether the car Bois was driving was stolen from the family.
Bois was to be arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court.
Kidnapped 7-Year-Old Weymouth Girl Found Dead
Homeless Relative Charged With Murder
August 5, 2007
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- A 7-year-old girl kidnapped early Sunday morning from a home in Weymouth was found dead in a stolen SUV after officers pursued the driver in a high speed chase, Norfolk County district attorney William Keating said.
Ryan Bois, 20, who was described by police as homeless, drove away after they pulled him over for speeding on Washington Street in Weymouth.
The chase started around 1:30 a.m., continued through Braintree and ended when the Ford Explorer collided with a cab near the Quincy shipyard, police said.
"What began as an ordinary traffic stop turned into an horrific and tragic discovery," Keating said at a Sunday news conference.
A search of the car found the 7-year-old girl dead inside. She was clothed in a nightgown and her body showed signs of trauma.
"It's horrific," said Keating. "A dead body was found in the back seat."
Police said they believe the girl was dead before the crash.
Bois, Keating said, fled from the crash scene, after threatening an officer with a knife. He was apprehended by police officers using a dog in their search.
The young girl was spending the night at a relative's house. Bois, who Keating said was related to the girl, entered the house, kidnapped her and stole the car, Keating said.
"It was not a random act. The public is not in danger," Keating said. "She was removed from the house unbeknownst to the adult in that house and abducted from that house."
Bois is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a charge of first-degree murder. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
TownOnline Boston, Ma Mon Aug 06, 2007
GIRL SLAY SUSPECT IN COURT- Weymouth man arraigned for murdering 6-year-old cousin, leading cops on chase
Wearing a hospital gown and handcuffs, a 20-year-old Weymouth man was led into Quincy District Court today to face charges he kidnapped and killed his 6-year-old cousin.
Ryan Bois spit at reporters while heading into court, where he is to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, assaulting a police officer with a weapon and various motor vehicle charges.
A day earlier, police pulled 6-year-old Joanna Mullin's limp, traumatized body from the back seat of a stolen SUV driven by her cousin, who authorities say abducted the young girl from her grandmother's house and killed her.
Bois led police on a chase through Weymouth and Braintree before the stolen car he was driving crashed into a taxicab in Quincy. While looking through the back seat, officers saw Joanna’s body and started yelling for help.
The officer who carried the girl to an ambulance was visibly upset, with two colleagues consoling him with their hands on his shoulders, said Tracey Stedman, a dispatcher for Braintree Best Taxi Co.
‘‘She was limp, in a nightgown,’’ said Stedman, who was at the crime scene at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. ‘‘Her body was lifeless.’’
Joanna had been taken during the night from her grandmother’s house on Randall Avenue in East Weymouth, and she was not reported missing. A source said the grandmother was caring for the girl so her parents could go out on a date that night.
A student at Lawrence W. Pingree Primary School on 1250 Commercial St., Joanna was set to begin first grade this fall. Superintendent Joseph Rull was meeting with school principals today to discuss how to handle the matter.
Weymouth High School Principal Marilyn Slattery said Bois was enrolled in the high school’s alternative high school program on Feb. 2, 2004 and graduated from Weymouth High in June of that year.
Bois’ last known address was 94 Hawthorne St. in Weymouth, where the little girl’s family lived.
Police observed Bois speeding and attempted to pull him over at 1:28 a.m. Sunday on Washington Street in South Weymouth, according to Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating. Bois’s refusal to stop escalated into a police chase through Weymouth, Braintree and Quincy.
Bois ran from the scene after the SUV he was driving hit the cab at the intersection of Quincy Avenue and East Howard Street, police said.
When Weymouth Police Officer Edward Hancock attempted to apprehend Bois on Quincy Avenue near Quincy Medical center, Bois tried to stab Hancock with a knife. A source said a police dog got in between the two, biting Bois and preventing him from reaching Hancock.
‘‘Just kill me, just kill me. It’s over, it’s over,’’ Bois said as he was being led away.
After discovering the SUV had been stolen from a Weymouth address, police searched the vehicle - finding the child’s body wrapped in a blanket on the floor by the rear seat.
‘‘It was a horrific discovery,’’ Keating said at a press conference Sunday. He said the child ‘‘had clear signs of trauma, and it was clearly a homicide.’’
Residents were caught by surprise Sunday as the news about the crime filtered through the community.
‘‘It’s awful. I’m shocked,’’ said Helen Menchin, a longtime resident who was with her 4-year-old grandson on Wessagussett Beach.
‘‘I have always felt kids were safe around here,’’ said Rhonda Callahan, a social worker, also at the beach.
Theresa Brandt, who moved to Weymouth from Cambridge 10 years ago, said she was surprised that such a heinous crime could happen here.
‘‘How do you kill a child?’’ she asked. ‘‘I want to know that.’’
Kristen Picard, a bartender at the Landing Pub in Weymouth Landing, said she saw police cars lined up along Quincy Avenue as she drove home from work at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
‘‘That’s what it was? That’s terrible,’’ she said when she learned why police had been in the area. ‘‘I thought it was a drunken driving thing.’’
A Randall Avenue neighbor of the victim’s grandmother described her as a ‘‘wonderful woman.’’
‘‘She’s a great lady,’’ said the neighbor, who declined to be identified. ‘‘It’s a tragedy.’’
No one answered the door on Sunday at the L-shaped brick and beige-shingled residence.
Weymouth Police Chief James Thomas, who was with Keating at Sunday’s press conference, said Bois is ‘‘well-known to Weymouth police.’’
On Sunday, cars lined the street outside 94 Hawthorne St., where it was reported that he had lived with an aunt.
A group of people on the porch declined to comment. A woman drinking soda next to one of the cars near the home said police had told them not to talk to anybody about the incident.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death was to be performed today , according to David Traub, Keating’s spokesman.
Bois had a history with cops
WEYMOUTH - Ryan Bois, the 20-year-old Weymouth native charged with killing his 6-year-old cousin, has a history of run-ins with the law.
—In March 2004, Bois was held without bail after he allegedly kicked another youth and stole $70 and cigarettes. He was charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and making threats. A judge later reduced the robbery charge to larceny and dismissed it, as well as dismissing the assault and battery and threats charges.
— In September 2006, Bois, then 19, pleaded innocent to charges of armed assault with intent to rob after allegedly trying to rob a Weymouth convenience store. Bail was set at $10,000 because he was on probation. It is unclear what became of those charges.
According to District Attorney William Keating, Bois has no outstanding warrants.
Weymouth Police Chief Jim Thomas said he was unaware of any restraining orders against Bois.
—July 3, 2001: Norfolk County authorities recently ruled Matthew Nagle’s death a homicide, raising the possibility of new charges against the man convicted of stabbing him in Weymouth six years ago. Nicholas Cirignano, 26, is serving nine to 10 years in prison for the stabbing that left Nagle paralyzed until his death last month.
—April 2, 1997: Francisco T. Martins stabs his 19-month-old son, Nicholas, to death and then commits suicide by dousing himself with lamp oil and lighting a match.
William ‘‘Cat'' Michaels
—July 29, 1995: The driver of a Cadillac deliberately rams Michaels, 45, as he rides a motorcycle on Route 18, causing him to crash. John ‘‘Johnny Bart’’ Bartolomeo admits to the murder during sentencing on drug charges.
Steven P. Snyder
—Aug. 20, 1993: Police find the 27-year-old’s body inside his Broad Street apartment. He has been shot once through the head with a .22-caliber bullet.
—Jan. 29, 1993: William Jewett Jr., then 19, offers Jennifer Mullin, 17, a ride home from a party in Weymouth. He rapes and strangles her in his car, leaving the body in the woods in Rockland. Jewett is convicted of first-degree murder and rape in 1998.
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