For Immediate Release - May 02, 2012

Suspect in Saugus Double Homicide in Custody

A suspect was taken into custody early this morning in connection with the discovery of two bodies in Saugus yesterday morning, District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett announced this morning.  Joseph Wright, 23, of 94 Sheridan Street, Lynn, was taken into custody as he attempted to cross the U.S./Canadian border.  Donna Breau, 54, who was identified as one of the victims in yesterday’s double homicide, is Mr. Wright’s mother.

At approximately 6:05 p.m. yesterday, Mr. Wright arrived at the Canadian Border entry point in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada.  When Mr. Wright attempted to cross the border, Canada Border Services officers directed him to a secondary screening area.  Mr. Wright fled the area and was pursued by Canadian authorities.  He was subsequently apprehended in Richmond Corner, New Brunswick and taken back to Border Services.

Early this morning, Royal Canadian Mounted Police turned Mr. Wright over to U.S. Customs & Border Protection who then turned him over to Maine State Police.  He currently in custody in the Aroostook County Jail and will be arraigned in Houlton District Court in Houlton, Maine today at 1:00 p.m. on fugitive from justice charges.  At that time, if Mr. Wright waives extradition, he will be taken into custody by Massachusetts State Police Detectives who will return him to Massachusetts where he will face murder charges.

“I want to thank Massachusetts State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Services, Saugus and Lynn Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada Police and Maine State Police for working so hard to identify and apprehend the suspect of this horrific and gruesome crime so quickly,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “More specific details of the homicides will be presented at Mr. Wright’s arraignment.”

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected to complete the identification of the second victim and to conduct autopsies on both victims today.  As soon as a positive identification is made, the Essex District Attorney’s Office will release that information.