Police arrest Ware man for alleged rapes in Granby

Staff Writer
Published: 4/25/2018 12:06:00 AM

GRANBY — Police arrested a 41-year-old tow truck driver from Ware on Tuesday in connection with three alleged rapes in Granby after a monthslong investigation.

Arthur Salsbury, of 48 Old Belchertown Road, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Gary Poehler said. He will be arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Wednesday on two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of rape and two counts of assault and battery. The charges stem from three incidents of sexual assault that occurred in Granby.

“These incidents are still actively being investigated and other charges may be filed in the future,” Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart said in a statement.

Granby Police had been investigating two alleged sexual assaults that occurred on Feb. 23 and March 29 of this year, according to a Tuesday press release. In both incidents the women assaulted were picked up in neighboring communities and driven to the same location in Granby where they were assaulted, police said.

As part of the investigation, the department asked for the public’s help identifying the suspect. Multiple tips led them to a third victim and the towing company where Salsbury worked.

“The suspect’s name was entered into a DNA database and it was determined his DNA had been linked to a sexual assault that occurred in Granby in 2009,” Wishart said in a statement. “The investigation developed a lead to another women who was identified as having been sexually assaulted by the suspect in Granby as well.”

An arrest warrant was granted by Eastern Hampshire District Court Tuesday, and Salsbury was arrested the same day by the Granby, Ware and State Police.

Personnel from Granby, South Hadley, Holyoke, and Belchertown police departments, along with State Police detectives and personnel from the Northwestern district attorney’s office will continue the investigation.

“All the agencies involved would like to thank the public for their assistance in helping bring this suspect to justice,” Wishart said in a statement. “As with all alleged crimes, the suspect is still presumed innocent until he is found guilty in court.”

Anyone with additional information about the case is encouraged to call their local police department or the Granby Police at 413-467-9222.

Sarah Robertson can be reached at srobertson@gazettenet.com.

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