MSP Troopers, K9 Capture Connecticut Fugitive in Goshen

Massachusetts State Troopers from State Police-Northampton and a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit on Saturday captured a wanted felon from Connecticut after he broke into a home in Goshen, Mass.

MSP Troopers and a K9 located THOMAS WOJCIK, 31, on the second floor of a home in Aberdeen Road, after responding to another home on the same road that appeared to have been burglarized. After Troopers cleared the first home, a witness reported seeing a man fitting WOJCIK’s description a short time earlier near the first home and heading toward the second home.

Shortly before 11 a.m., MSP units responded to the second home on Aberdeen. Troopers set up a perimeter around the home, which was supposed to be unoccupied, while Troopers Christopher Dumas, Christopher Bruneau, and Scott Davis, and Trooper Davis’ K9 partner Cairo, entered the home. 

After hearing movement on the second floor, the Troopers moved to the staircase. Trooper Davis issued repeated verbal commands telling the suspect to surrender or he would release Cairo on an apprehension. WOJCIK then walked up to the top of the stairs and was taken into custody by Troopers Dumas and Bruneau. 

The suspect was transported in  custody to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for evaluation and then released to State Police-Northampton, where he was booked as a fugitive from justice. WOJCIK, of Berlin, Conn., is wanted on a warrant out of that state charging him with burglary, robbery, and larceny. Connecticut authorities will arrange his rendition to their state to face those charges. 

On Friday, the day before WOJCIK’s capture, he was the subject of a manhunt in Goshen, whose residents have been victimized by a string of recent housebreaks. He was not located on Friday but Troopers continued to work the case in the area the next day, leading to the swift response that led to his capture.