Suspect arrested in string of vehicle break-ins, assault on senior citizen

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WORCESTER — A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into vehicles and assaulting a senior citizen in the city, police said.

At around 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Worcester County Communications Center received a report of a vehicle break-in near West Main Street and Nelco Ave.

The 69-year-old female victim provided a detailed description of the suspect to the responding officers, according to a press release from the local police department.

Officers Dave Carpenter and Arthur Ferreira found a male suspect walking on West Main Street, close to Twin City Cleaners, who matched the victim’s description.

The victim subsequently identified the man as the person who had broken into her car.

Sgt. Dean Poplawski’s investigation revealed that the suspect, upon being confronted by the victim during the break-in, pushed her away to retrieve his dropped cellphone.

Moreover, the suspect was implicated in another vehicle break-in at the parking lot of Webster Five Cents Bank.

The man, identified as Joshua Wonoski, 32, of Webster, faces charges including two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle during daytime, assault and battery on a person over 60 years of age, and larceny under $1200.

Wonoski was held on $1000 cash bail and appeared for arraignment at Dudley District Court this morning, police said.

Chief Karlowicz has not released any further details about the investigation at this time.

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