Ex-boyfriend accused of making threats


Ex-boyfriend accused of making threats
Westborough Police found a loaded shotgun inside the vehicle of a suspect accused of making threats against his former girlfriend.
Photo Courtesy of Westborough Police

WESTBOROUGH – A former boyfriend is facing several charges after he allegedly made threats, then led police on a chase first by car, then on foot.

On Saturday, June 24, police were dispatched to the Knights of Columbus on Willow Street. There, officers spoke with the victim, who was attending an event with her 4-year-old daughter. She said her ex-boyfriend had made threats to harm her. It was revealed that they had an active restraining order against him.

Officers on the scene began an investigation to identify the ex-boyfriend, while additional officers searched for a vehicle matching the description given by the victim.

According to police, they located a black Honda Pilot near where the victim was staying. A check of the vehicle revealed that the registered operator was the suspect. Officers attempted to stop the Pilot, but the vehicle’s operator, later identified as Carlos Garrastegui Rivera, did not stop, leading officers into a pursuit. The Pilot was eventually located in a parking lot on E. Main Street.

When officers encountered the suspect, he fled the area a second time, this time leading officers on a foot pursuit. Westborough Police K9 was deployed along with K9s from the Massachusetts State Police, who apprehended Rivera in a thickly wooded area.

A search warrant was executed on Rivera’s vehicle by Westborough Police detectives, which revealed a loaded shotgun located inside Rivera’s vehicle.

Rivera is currently being held at the Worcester House of Corrections. He has been charged with the following:

  1. Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order (x3)
  2. Threats to Commit a Crime – To Wit Murder
  3. Failure to Stop for Police
  4. Threats to Commit a Crime.
  5. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
  6. Resisting Arrest.

Additional charges may be made pending the completion of the investigation, according to police.


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