June 24, 2018
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Man who escaped from Belfast re-entry center arrested in South Boston

Tyler Malmstrom
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BOSTON, Massachusetts — The man who walked away from a minimum security re-entry corrections center in Belfast earlier this month was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Friday in South Boston, a Sanford Police Department detective said in a news release.

Tyler Malmstrom, 23, of Lincolnville Center left the Maine Coastal Regional Re-Entry Center’s recreation yard shortly before 9 p.m. on July 10.

Malmstrom had been on the run since, Sanford Detective Sgt. Matthew Jones said Friday.

Jones said Malmstrom has family in Sanford and authorities believed he might return there to seek assistance. Sanford detectives learned Friday that Malmstrom likely was staying in the Boston area and they contacted the Boston Police Fugitive Unit to coordinate a search.

Four hours after they were asked to assist, members of the Boston unit saw Malmstrom leaving an apartment building in the Hyde Park area and arrested him moments later without incident, Jones said.

Malmstrom was wanted on warrants out of Massachusetts, along with his Maine warrants for escape and failure to appear on a domestic assault charge connected to an incident that took place in Sanford on May 4, Jones said.

Detectives from the Sanford Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office worked together to coordinate the investigation and search for Malmstrom, Jones said.

According to a previous report, Malmstrom had recently arrived at the center to complete the final five months of a sentence he received in Knox County Superior Court for an aggravated assault conviction when he bolted.

Before he ran away, Malmstrom left a note at the re-entry center, apologizing to the staff of Waldo and Knox counties as well as the courts and his family for his actions, Waldo County Sheriff Scott Story said at the time.

Malmstrom was arrested in October 2012 for the offense after a fight outside a Vinalhaven bar. The victim suffered a broken leg.

Jones credited cooperation among several different law enforcement agencies across county and state lines for Friday’s arrest.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased with the rapid response we received from [the Boston Police Department’s] Fugitive Unit today when we called them and told them we believe one of our fugitives is in your city,” Jones said. “This was the best ending we could have hoped for with a case like this. Nobody got hurt and Tyler Malmstrom is back in custody.”

Bangor Daily News writer Stephen Betts contributed to this report.


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