Abington police seek suspect in assault, kidnap
By Allan Stein, Enterprise correspondent


ABINGTON — Police on Monday were searching for a Boston man who is accused of holding his ex-girlfriend captive for 12 hours in her Abington apartment while beating her repeatedly on Saturday.
Ronald Gilliam, 31, of 8 Whittier Place, 17B, Boston, is wanted on charges that include kidnapping, two counts of violating an abuse prevention order, two counts of domestic assault and battery, and threatening to commit the crime of bodily harm, police said.
Deputy Police Chief Christopher J. Cutter said police on Saturday were issued a summons out of Brockton District Court on the series of charges against Gilliam.
Police also contacted Boston police, but city police were unable to locate Gilliam at his home address, Cutter said.
On Monday, police issued a warrant for Gilliam's arrest.
Cutter said the victim had an active restraining order against Gilliam but allowed him entry into her apartment early Saturday morning. Gilliam immediately began punching and slapping the 27-year-old and attempted to choke her, Cutter said.
"He also pushed her down onto the floor several times. At one point, she tried to get to the phone and to the door and he stopped these attempts," Cutter said.
He said it does not appear Gilliam was trying to kill her.
"He was definitely trying to inflict injury on her based on the falling out of their relationship," he said.
Cutter said the alleged physical abuse continued for at least two hours before Gilliam stopped and the woman was allowed to go to sleep. When she awoke at 10 a.m., Gilliam began beating her again, Cutter said.
The suspect left the victim's apartment in the early afternoon and at 2:14 p.m. she went to police headquarters at 215 Central St. and reported the incident. Police said she had bruises on her face, neck and upper body.
Officers with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department came to the police station to document her injuries. The woman later sought medical attention at an area hospital, police said.
Police remain on guard that Gilliam may return to the victim's apartment.
"That is a concern of ours and hers. We're going to attempt to locate him and place him under arrest as soon as we can," Cutter said.


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