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
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
Police remain on guard that Gilliam may return to the victim's
"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,"