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|January 6, 2010
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MALDEN PROBATION OFFICER NABS ABSCONDER
AND ESCORTS HIM TO POLICE STATION
| Malden District Court Probation Officer Todd Angilly and Malden First Assistant Chief Probation Officer Steven Anzalone.
Malden District Court Probation Officer Todd Angilly was on his way back from a Bruins game on the MBTA Orange Line when he bumped into one of his probationers—who had absconded three months ago.
Angilly, who was appointed a Probation Officer a little over a year ago, approached the offender at the Malden train station and escorted him to the Malden Police Station where he was promptly arrested. The offender, who was on probation for possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute in a school zone, had failed to appear in court three months ago and Angilly had issued a warrant for his arrest.
“I walked around the corner and he was the first person I saw. We locked eyes. He recognized me right away and uttered a profanity,” Angilly said. “He asked me if I was going to arrest him. I told him no but that I had taken a warrant out on him three months ago and I asked him to accompany me to the police station.”
Angilly added, “I assessed that the probationer was not going to be violent. He figured out that it was not going to make things easier if he ran away. I also noticed that he was under the influence of alcohol. He was someone who was in real need of help.”
The Probation Officer walked the offender to the police station, located across the street from the train station, and entered through the garage into the booking area. He then notified the police dispatcher that he was with the absconder.
“The police asked me if I needed them to send a car? They asked me ‘where are you?’ I told them that I am right here in the Booking area,” Angilly said.
Malden District Court Probation Officer Paul Cervizzi said, “Malden District Court Probation has always made a concerted effort to promote community supervision. Mr. Angilly is a Probation Officer who has a unique passion for his work, and is a constant presence in the field. He is a fine Probation Officer with a bright future ahead of him.”
First Assistant Chief Probation Officer Stephen Anzalone stated, “I would like to commend Todd. He is a relatively new Probation Officer. He performed exemplary probation work and went above and beyond his duties.”