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New Bedford judge releases kidnapping suspect with ankle bracelet


It seems every week a judge in New Bedford allows a violent criminal back on the street with little care for public safety. This time a kidnapping suspect was released with an ankle bracelet.

Last Wednesday, New Bedford District Court Judge James McGovern found 26-year old Catherine Murphy to be a danger to public safety after her involvement in a violent kidnapping but released her with an ankle bracelet and some conditions (don’t go to Wareham and avoid the victim).

Catherine Murphy and her alleged partner in crime, 31-year old Geoffrey Chandler of New Bedford, are accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Wareham man in New Bedford on Dec. 24, 2018, over a $180 drug debt. According to court records, both suspects are charged with kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery to collect a loan and conspiracy. Geoffrey Chandler is still at large and faces additional charges.

Both suspects are accused of choking unconscious, beating and tying up the victim to a chair in the basement of a Cleveland Street apartment in the south end of New Bedford. As of today, New Bedford police are still searching for Geoffrey Chandler.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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