Fugitive tasered, arrested with friend in Wareham

Nov 19, 2019

Wareham police arrested a Rhode Island fugitive and his female friend on November 16 after receiving a tip that the man was at a house in town.

Police received information at 5:42 p.m. on November 16 that a man with multiple warrants — including one for an armed robbery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island — was at an address on Maple Springs Road.

Police noted that the fugitive, Erik Reardon, 37, of Brighton, MA was considered armed and dangerous. 

Along with the armed robbery warrant, Reardon had two drug warrants from Massachusetts.

On Saturday evening Wareham police officers Michael Phinney, James White, and Lorenzo Grosso responded to the tip. 

According to police, Reardon attempted to flee out the front door after seeing an officer at the rear of the house and “violently resisted arrest” before Officer White tasered him. 

As he continued resisting, police said, Reardon was tasered again before being placed in handcuffs.

Police then approached Reardon’s female friend, later identified as Kimberly Ahearn, 39, of Methuen, who was sitting in a car near the house. 

Police said she “began moving the car in their direction,” speeding up and forcing the officers to jump out of the way.

Ahearn struck Officer Phinney with the driver’s side mirror of the car. Officer Phinney did not need to seek medical treatment following the incident.

Officers White and Grosso followed Ahearn in their cruisers and were able to arrest her along with Reardon.

While booking both suspects at headquarters, officers discovered multiple pills in Ahearn’s possession.

Acting Chief John Walcek said, “I personally spoke with a detective from the Pawtucket Police Department and he was very appreciative that this suspect was apprehended.” 

“Once again Wareham officers put themselves in harm’s way to apprehend a dangerous fugitive,” he continued. “Police work can be colossally unpredictable.”

However, Walcek added, Wareham police are “up for the challenges they face.”

Reardon is charged with being a fugitive from justice on the Rhode Island warrant, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest, as well as the two warrants from South Boston District Court.

Kimberly Ahearn is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a Class “B” drug, and two counts of possession of a Class “E” drug.