Massachusetts State Police Release – 06102015 – Most Wanted Fugitive Captured in Belchertown
This morning at approximately 5 a.m. the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Belchertown Police officers captured KEITH TRUEHART, 30, a State Police Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive who caused serious injuries to his girlfriend’s 9-month-old daughter.
Troopers and officers located TRUEHART under a sink in that same girlfriend’s apartment on North Main Street in Belchertown in a makeshift hideout he had built from wood and Sheetrock.
He will be brought to Belchertown District Court today to be arraigned on warrants charging him with assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery, and malicious destruction of property.
Evidence indicates that in November 2014 the child suffered severe head and facial injuries while she was alone with TRUEHART on a day when her mother was not home. During a medical examination of the injuries the child was also found to have suffered previous fractures of two of her ribs. Evidence established that the child’s severe injuries were inflicted by TRUEHART and could not have been the result of an accident.
When police began investigating the injuries to the child TRUEHART fled to avoid capture. Late last year the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s West Team began assisting local police in searching for the suspect. Numerous interviews were conducted and locations searched. State Police added TRUEHART to their Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list last week.
Police recently developed information suggesting that TRUEHART had returned to his girlfriend’s apartment. He was located there this morning.
His wanted poster and photos of the hideout he built are included with this release.