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Mass. State Police fills in a few blanks

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 28, 2007 at 10:59 am with No Comments »
November 28, 2007 10:59 am

I’ve gotten a few more details today from the Massachusetts State Police as to what they knew about Daniel Tavares Jr., who they notified and when.

Those were questions we were asking yesterday for a story in today’s paper. I heard back from MSP this morning with a few clarifying details.

The answers come from Lt. Barry O’Brien, who’s in their public affairs department.

Question: Why did the Massachusetts State Police start looking for Tavares?

Answer: Because he had warrants out for his arrest. “We were aware of his background and wanted to arrest him on the warrants,” O’Brien said.

The search started locally, then expanded.

MSP had three different units looking for Tavares. The executive protection unit was keeping tabs on him because of his previous threats to former Gov. Mitt Romney. The violent fugitive apprehension team was working with their state Department of Corrections counterparts in tracking Tavares after the warrants were issued. And finally, MSP’s intelligence center was looking for him after being notified by the DOC folks.

Q. How did you determine he had taken a flight to Seattle in July?

A. “In the proces of looking locally, we received information that he had taken a flight to Seattle,” O’Brien said. He declined to be more specific.

Q. Why did you enter Tavares’ information into NCIC in August?

A. For officer safety reasons because of the warrants and Tavares’ violent background.

Q. When did MSP contact the Washington intelligence center?

A. Sept. 24. O’Brien said that because the Washington center is maintained by the FBI, MSP then went through the FBI office in Boston.

“They took the information from there and then followed up on it,” O’Brien said.

Q. What did you ask them to do?

A. Mainly to keep tabs on him. They wanted information on his location and any criminal activity he was involved in.

“We had told them that making contact was not necessary,” O’Brien said.

Q. What information did you provide the Washington fusion center about Tavares?

A. O’Brien didn’t know specifics.

Q. O’Brien had said MSP “took steps to notify Washington state law enforcement” of Tavares’ propsenity toward violence. Which agencies specifically? Or was the notification done through the intelligence center?

A. It was done through the Washington intelligence center.

“The purspose for going through the joint analysis center was it’s the clearinghouse for law enforcement in that state,” O’Brien said. “We were confident if they came up with information as to his whereabouts they would make us aware of it and make the appropriate parties aware of it.”

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