At 11:28 a.m. today Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Neal Noonan observed a Nissan Altima in the Stoughton area and recognized the vehicle as being wanted in connection with a robbery incident that had occurred earlier in Canton. The victim of the robbery was reported to have been an elderly woman.
Sergeant Noonan followed the vehicle as it headed into Easton. Two State Police K9 units in marked cruisers were nearby and got behind the suspect vehicle in the area of Purchase Street, near Route 138. Trooper David Nims of the MSP K9 Section activated his cruiser’s blue lights and attempted to stop the suspect, who refused to comply. Troop D Headquarters assumed command and control and the troopers pursued the suspect vehicle onto Nutmeg Lane in Easton.
There, the male suspect exited the Nissan and ran into a nearby wooded area. K9 Troopers Nims and Leigha Genduso pursued him on foot. They announced to the suspect that Trooper Genduso was about to deploy her K9 partner to apprehend him if he did not surrender. The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody by the troopers. The suspect, identified as DONALD P. GARDNER, 45, of East Bridgewater, was turned over to Canton Police to be booked on charges related to the earlier incident.
No further information is available from State Police.