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Man with Ties to Fitchburg, Ayer, Townsend on Most-wanted List

August 24, 2018 GMT

TOWNSEND -- A man with ties to Fitchburg, Ayer and Townsend was added to the Massachusetts State Police most-wanted list Thursday.

Kevin Hamel, 49, is wanted on one count of kidnapping, one count of assault and battery on a household member, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and four counts of vandalizing property, according to State Police. He has a second active arrest warrant for alleged violation of probation on charges including assault to rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

He is six feet tall and 225 pounds with blue eyes and brown and grey hair, according to the wanted notice.

Police advise anyone who sees Hamel to contact the local authorities or State Police at 800-527-8873 or 509-820-2121.

According to State Police, a woman called the Townsend Police Department on March 30 and said she was fleeing from an assault in progress. Responding officers found Hamel had held the woman against her will and violently assaulted her, causing “numerous” injuries, according to State Police.


The wanted notice describes an “extensive criminal history,” including past convictions for possession of a firearm, possession of a shotgun, possession of ammunition, stalking, kidnapping and restraining order violations.

He is the subject of eight restraining orders involving several plaintiffs in different Massachusetts communities, according to State Police.

In 2011, Hamel was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail and 15 years probation after his estranged wife described in court years of verbal, emotional and physical abuse while being held in their Townsend home.

Hamel also has ties to Acton and New Hampshire, according to State Police.