to the Editor - April 16, 2008
(Sheriff Hodgson is thankful for the
spirit of cooperation shown in a fugitive’s
The 13-day odyssey
in which Anthony Fly, an alleged multiple
rapist, tried to flee from the inevitable
ended last Monday only a few miles from
where it began when he was apprehended while
hitchhiking with $800 in his pocket on Route
6 in Westport.
State Police Trooper David Reis, a member
of the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section,
and State Police K-9 Trooper Robert Gilmore
made the arrest after an alert U.S. Marshal
spotted a man he thought could be Flye walking
along the westbound side of Route 6 with
his head bowed, glasses, a mustache, a hood
over his head. He radioed for police to
check the subject.
Roper Reis approached the suspect and asked
his name. Without incident Flye’s
flight was grounded. A manhunt that had
spread nationwide ended almost where it
Fly’s capture was the denouement
of a textbook example of what can and does
happen when you enjoy the sharing of time,
talent, expertise and dedication among law
I would be remiss if I did not mention
the exceptional cooperation of the media
in our effort to return to custody a fugitive
who had a series of charges against him
that made his continued freedom a danger
to us all. The media helped disseminate
the wanted posters, the information the
public needed and particularly the stories
that reminded Flye that eventually he would
The assistance of the general public resulted
in calls that were helpful to our investigators.
The eventual capture of Anthony Flye should
stand as a warning to anyone that criminal
activity of any sort in the South Coast
of Massachusetts and throughout New England
will always be met with a collaborative
response of law enforcement professionals
at the federal, state, county and local
From the moment that Flye made his escape
form St. Luke’s Hospital, I became
aware of the honor I have to serve among
the men and women who work each day to keep
us all out of harm’s way.
There was never a reluctance to offer technical
assistance, additional personnel, or support
for any sort as we began to focus on the
immediate return to prison of a man who
must answer for crimes that offend the sensibilities
of every decent human being.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to the New
England State Police Information Network
for technical assistance that was invaluable.
The New Bedford Police, especially Capt.
Steven Vicente, provided constant help in
the investigation. Chief Raymond O’Berg
of Taunton assigned two detectives to the
case when he could spare them.
Assistance came from the U. S. Marshal’s
Office, the Maine State Police, the Franklin
County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln
County Sheriff’s Office, both in Maine,
provided intelligence. Wareham Police and
the Plymouth County and Nantucket Sheriff’s
Offices joined the hunt. Chief Lou Pacheco
of Raynham and officials of the Immigration
and Custom Enforcement aided us.
As with any attempt to say thank you there
is a risk that someone or some agency is
overlooked. Suffice it to say that my officers,
while working around the clock for almost
two weeks in an attempt to return Flye to
custody, witnessed and outpouring of sharing
that made hem proud of their vocation.
If I have neglected to mention anyone it
was unintentional. I think when law enforcement
actually gets down to teaching a course
in Collaboration 101, the search for Flye
ill be the first chapter of the book.
It was a classic example of hard-nosed,
never-say-die detective work. There were
indications that Flye was nearby and we
had the assistance of area law enforcement
in containing him and closing in on him
My officers used the intelligence they
gathered to build, day by day, an assurance
that they were closing in on Flye. Their
good police work was gradually building
a space where he could operate that was
approaching the size of the prison cell
in which he now resides.
I owe gratitude and respect to all who
proved to me and, I hope to you, that together
we can begin to return the streets to the
citizens and peace of our cites and towns.
Bristol County Sheriff