State Police and Fitchburg Police Arrest Carjacking and Kidnapping Suspect
At 10:40 p.m. on March 4, Fitchburg Police advised the State Police Concord Barracks that they received a cell phone call from a young woman who said that she and two other young women had just been carjacked, assaulted and kidnapped by a man in front of a house in Fitchburg. The caller remained on the phone and provided the Fitchburg Police with a description of their vehicle and the direction of travel. Fitchburg Police relayed this information to the State Police Concord Barracks.
Troopers assigned to the Concord Barracks subsequently located and stopped the vehicle, a gray Kia Sephia, on Route 2 West in Acton. The troopers observed the suspect seated in the rear of the vehicle. The three young women - two 22-year-olds and one 21-year-old -- were also in the vehicle.
The suspect, 30-year-old JQUAN L. DURHAM, immediately resisted as he was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. DURHAM was wearing a chain around his neck with a razor blade attached to it. The victims stated that DURHAM threatened them with the razor blade during the encounter. Evidence also suggests that DURHAM struck the victims with his fist during their ordeal.
At the State Police barracks, the victims were examined by Acton firefighters. One of them was transported to Emerson Hospital in Concord for further examination.
DURHAM was booked at the Concord barracks and charged by State Police with three counts assault and battery, six counts of threats to commit a crime, and a single count of resisting arrest.
Custody of DURHAM was relinquished to the Fitchburg Police who additionally charged him with kidnapping, carjacking, intimidating a witness, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault to commit a felony, assault to rape, and assault and battery.