The victims or deceased name from the provided information is not mentioned. : “Accused Child Rapist Found Alive in Woodland Area After Intensive Nightlong Search”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : STONEHAM — In a commendable display of teamwork and determination, law enforcement agencies successfully apprehended a 59-year-old accused child rapist, Rickland Powell of Belmont, in a wooded area in Stoneham during the early hours of the morning.

The extensive search operation, led by the Massachusetts State Police fugitive unit troopers, MSP K9 Unit, and US Marshals Service Task Force Officers, resulted in the timely capture of Powell. The teams discovered him in a dense woodland, where he had tragically attempted to end his own life.

Trooper Christina Cavagnaro and her K9 partner, Thor, played a vital role in tracking Powell’s movements as they ventured deeper into the woods. Finally, at approximately 3 a.m., the search team located the suspect, who had hanged himself from a tree. Swift action from the troopers and officers saved his life as they promptly cut him down and provided immediate medical attention. Powell was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Prior to his capture, the Belmont Police Department had been diligently investigating the case and had issued arrest warrants for Powell. The charges against him include four counts of Rape of a Child with Force, four counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape, two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14, along with charges for Posing a Child in a Sex Act and Distributing Obscene Material. The allegations involve multiple instances of Powell sexually assaulting a young female child.

Following his capture, the Belmont Police assumed custody of Powell, ensuring his secure detention pending further legal proceedings. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Belmont Police sought assistance from the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS), which led to the collaborative efforts with the US Marshals Service Task Force Officers. The involvement of additional support from the Cambridge Police and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department proved instrumental in the search and ultimate apprehension of the suspect.

The successful capture of Rickland Powell offers a glimmer of hope for justice and closure for the victim and her family. The dedication and collaboration among law enforcement agencies demonstrate their unwavering commitment to protecting the most vulnerable members of society and ensuring that perpetrators of such heinous crimes are brought to justice.

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