Christopher Delmonte, Chief of Police
220 Pleasant St.
Bridgewater, MA 02324
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 18, 2018
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Bridgewater Police Charge Man With Attempted Abduction and Sexual Assault of Female Jogger
BRIDGEWATER– Chief Christopher Delmonte reports that a man has been charged with attempting to abduct a female jogger from the road and into his vehicle Sunday morning.
GORDON J. LYONS, AGE 57, OF 273 MAIN ST., BRIDGEWATER was charged with:
- Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Age 14 or Older
- Assault and Battery
At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Sunday, June 17, Bridgewater Police received multiple 911 calls reporting that a female jogger was just assaulted by a man in the area of 433 Pleasant St.
The suspect, later identified as LYONS, fled the scene in an orange Hyundai Santa Fe.
Through the investigation, officers determined that the 37-year-old woman was jogging down Pleasant Street when LYONS allegedly pulled his vehicle over and stopped in front of her. LYONS exited the vehicle, ran towards her and grabbed both of the woman’s arms and attempted to pull her toward his vehicle.
During this time, LYONS allegedly sexually assaulted the female victim.
The woman was able to scream and fight with LYONS, causing both of them to fall to the ground. LYONS then got up and ran back to his vehicle and fled the area.
The incident was witnessed by a passing motorist who continued to follow the suspect vehicle while calling 911. The victim also called 911. Additionally, a resident from a nearby home also witnessed the attack and came to the assistance of the victim.
The victim had the presence of mind to take a photo of the suspect vehicle as it was fleeing. The victim declined medical attention.
Using the photo taken by the victim, Bridgewater Police were able to quickly identify LYONS’ vehicle. A description of the vehicle was sent to neighboring law enforcement agencies.
A short time later, LYONS was involved in a motor vehicle crash on the northbound side of Route 24 in West Bridgewater. He was injured in the crash and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He was later transported to Boston Medical Center where he is currently under the custody of the Bridgewater Police Department. He is being held without bail pending arraignment.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Bridgewater Police Department at 508-697-6118.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.