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Police: Fugitive Sought in Violent Townsend Assault Arrested in Florida

January 19, 2019
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Just over seven years ago, Kevin Hamel of Townsend was about to be sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court for imprisoning, beating and controlling his estranged wife over the course of about five years.

“He is not a good candidate for rehabilitation,” Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Kontz told a judge, as she requested a nine- to 10-year prison sentence.

Judge Diane Kottmyer sentenced Hamel to five years in prison, 2 1/2 years in jail, and 15 years of probation that day for having verbally, emotionally and physically abused his estranged wife.

“I was no one,” that woman told the court through tears. “He completely controlled my life.”

Eight years later, in August of 2018, Hamel was free from prison and added to the State Police Most Wanted List because Townsend police obtained a warrant for his arrest in connection with a March 30 incident in Townsend that was grossly similar to his 2011 crimes.

Police say that on March 30, they got a 911 call from a woman who was fleeing an assault in progress and who told officers that Hamel, now 50, held her against her will and violently assaulted her in a Townsend home.

In August, State Police Lt. Michael Farley told Boston25 some of the details of the March 30 attack, and said Hamel has “a brutal history, lot of violence.”

“He told her she couldn’t leave, slapped her in the face a couple of times, ripped necklaces off of her, threw her against the wall, and at some point in time, got her on the floor. When he got her on the floor, he allegedly started hitting her head against the tile floor,” Farley told Boston25.

Hamel could not be found afterward, so police obtained a warrant for his arrest. In August, still unable to find Hamel, who has an extensive criminal history that includes firearms convictions, State Police added him to the most-wanted list.

State Trooper Thiago Miranda, from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, developed information that Hamel was in Miami, Florida, and worked to confirm an exact address, according to a press release.

On Friday morning, Miranda had that exact address, and asked the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force in Worcester to coordinate with their counterparts in Florida to have Hamel arrested. Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force took Hamel into custody Friday at about 7:45 a.m., according to State Police.

No timetable on rendition

Hamel is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where he will remain until he is turned over to authorities here. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said she could not immediately comment on how soon that may occur.

In connection with the March 30 incident, Hamel is charged with kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and vandalism. He is also wanted on a warrant for violating his probation in the 2011 case. It was not immediately clear if the victim in both cases is the same.

As part of his probation in the 2011 case, Hamel was supposed to complete a batterers program, abstain from alcohol and drugs, and have no contact with his estranged wife.

The victim in that case, his estranged wife, was an immigrant from Argentina, and Hamel had threatened to have her deported and separated from her 2-year-old daughter if she ever called police.

Following Hamel’s guilty plea to felony charges in 2011, then-District Attorney Gerard Leone said Hamel had “isolated the victim from her family and friends.”

“This defendant has now been convicted of violently exercising power and control over the victim, by assaulting her over a span of years, often in front of a young child,” Leone said in 2011.

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