Chief Warren Ryder reports that the BOXBORO Police Department, in conjunction with the Pike County, Ohio Sheriff's Department and the Middlesex District Attorney's Office is investigating a series of violent crimes that allegedly began in BOXBORO and ended early this morning with an individual placed under arrest in Ohio. The investigation is still in the preliminary stages, but it appears that a stabbing and a rape occurred several days ago at a residence on Swanson Road in BOXBORO and that two victims were driven by a suspect to Ohio.

A man accused of stabbing a male relative, raping a woman and then driving both victims 800 miles from his Massachusetts home to Ohio has been charged in southern Ohio with escape and theft. Court officials say 21-year-old Kevin Blakemore was arraigned Monday in Pike County Court in Waverly on charges of escape and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in a one-vehicle injury crash in Pike County. Officials with the Highway Patrol say April Heffner, 36, was driving on State Route 124 near Latham at 7:14am, Tuesday, when the vehicle went off road, hit a ditch, overturned, and crashed into a tree.

Authorities say they arrived on scene and arrested 31-year-old Zachary Atencio, of Waverly, and 23-year-old Haley Gregory, of Jeffersonville.