Grand jury rejects robbery charges ag...

Grand jury rejects robbery charges against FSC student - Sentin...

There are 15 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Aug 16, 2008, titled Grand jury rejects robbery charges against FSC student - Sentin.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Matthew Haney said he felt "vindicated" Thursday when a grand jury returned a no bill at Worcester Superior Court on charges relating to a June 10 bank robbery.

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just a concerned voter

Concord, MA

#1 Aug 16, 2008
i'm not sure if i believe your story you say the plate was stolen but didn't they have a description of the get away car besides the plate. well if ya didn't do it great it's too bad the things happened to you but you really need to consider yourself very lucky that your not going to be serving time in worcester house of correction it's a hell hole not fit for the worst kind of animal i am very serious they really need to get rid of the sherriff there and i may have spelled that wrong sorry meaning guy glodis he is good for nothing even the guards up there say they don't know what they are doing there someone needs to take over there
redemption

Walpole, MA

#2 Aug 17, 2008
Funny how when someone is cleared there are so few comments...
Yet when they are accused, people can't stop making stupid comments.
http://www.topix.com/forum/source/sentinel-an...

Where are all these people who said in this thread he was guilty? And made suggestions that FSC, marines and fraternity members are the creators of bank robbery suspects?
WestSide Resident

Taunton, MA

#3 Aug 17, 2008
I was thinking the same thing. I feel bad for these young adults, having to endure being dragged through the mud and having their reputations sullied. I believe in innoncent until proven guilty by a court of law. I didn't think they had enough evidence, it just didn't add up. Thankfully, for these kids sake, neither did the grand jury members. I hope he is able to finish his education and then, if I were him, I would get the heck out of dodge and never look back. There sure are alot of bitter, cynical, mean people in this city, such a shame. And we wonder why Fitchburg is what it is.
Justice is great

AOL

#4 Aug 17, 2008
Let's hope he is well compensated by the city of Fitchburg for this debacle.
compensation

Hudson, MA

#5 Aug 17, 2008
Fitchburg State acted real admirable...forbidding a student from being on campus before he has been found guilty while all the hacks are running the school and robbing us daily...oh and building a pretty pension so we can pay them while they are not working as well...give this kid back his reputation
WestSide Resident

Taunton, MA

#6 Aug 17, 2008
I think the college overreacted. If he had been accused of assualt and battery, while on campus, then I could see their point in forbidding him back on campus. Their reaction was a bit over the top. Maybe they should pay his tuition!
Just Give It Time

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Aug 17, 2008
Is anyone else out there concerned by the quotes in this article from the FPD senior executives:

-->> Fitchburg Police Chief Robert DeMoura said he was "upset" about the result, but said he isn't concerned about how it will reflect on the department.

"We do the best we can based on the evidence we have," DeMoura said. "At some point in the process, it becomes up to a jury."

Fitchburg Police Captain Charles Tasca said Stevens' harsh words "aren't a concern."

Tasca added that he is not aware of any new suspects in the case. <<--

This means that they aggressively followed up on what really turned out to be very circumstantial evidence... A police chief doesn't have the right to be 'upset' about a grand jury handing down a no-bill on such a shabbily thrown together case... The grand jury reviewed the known facts and presented evidence with a clear head and rejected it -- feeling it was woefully inadequate to warrant further processing through the court system...

Captain Tasca has basically declared the FPD's unwritten policy on how they feel when they focus all the department's efforts on the wrong suspect... It 'isn't a concern' when the police send a SWAT team through a college campus to arrest someone who is ultimately proven not to be the suspect ? I am very concerned about that, such an overreaction by the police can and will be repeated in the future... In addition to that the fact that the true suspect(s) in this case obviously knew enough about what s/he/they were doing to completely orchestrate and control the reactions of the local police immediately following the crime... Now this unknown person(s) has what, a three month head start on trying to disappear because the police focused all their efforts on pinning this bank robbery on the wrong guy...

This case and the police reaction to it clearly shows that there are issues relating to a defective and destructive culture within the management of the police department that apparently the new police chief has yet to solve (if that is possible)... Until those issues are solved nothing will be done towards correcting the social problems causing trouble for the city -- no matter how much money the city throws at the police department...

This city needs and its employees need to stop grasping at straws and looking for miraculous easy answers that clearly don't fit into actual reality... The present reality of Fitchburg bites and yet all we hear about are these brilliant and far fetched fantasies that have little to no chance of ever happening in this lifetime...
Redemption

Walpole, MA

#8 Aug 17, 2008
The above post is completely correct.

It's perfectly fine to charge a civilian with a felony without evidence such as a weapon, the money, or positive identification. And it's fine to set a bail of $25,000 so, which in most cases, nobody could muster up so they would sit in jail for nearly 3 months.
Why wasn't the fact the license plate was missing from the alleged getaway car not considered? And was that car even CHECKED to see even if the engine was still warm? Did any detectives ask if they saw that car move in the past twelve hours?
Why was the alibi given by the defendant not credible. Do you need to tape yourself and post it on Youtube 24/7 to verify your whereabouts at all times? Here's something also that doesn't make sense: If the car was registered to a female, how did they automatically assume THAT car was used by a MALE if it wasn't stolen?

And if they didn't find the money, weapon or anything else to connect the suspect together after 3 months, how is it possible the DA thinks he can still re-open that case later on?

I cannot blame the college for their stance. They did what they had to do for safety. Hell, they probably trusted the PD on this, and that was their only mistake.

Someone got away with $9,000 dollars in Fitchburg and is currently enjoying it. What's the message here? Fitchburg is obviously easy to rob as long as you can outwit the PD by stealing a license plate similiar to your vehicle and attaching it to yours.

Boulder City

Belfast, ME

#11 Aug 17, 2008
Just Give It Time wrote:
Is anyone else out there concerned by the quotes in this article from the FPD senior executives:
-->> Fitchburg Police Chief Robert DeMoura said he was "upset" about the result, but said he isn't concerned about how it will reflect on the department.
"We do the best we can based on the evidence we have," DeMoura said. "At some point in the process, it becomes up to a jury."
Fitchburg Police Captain Charles Tasca said Stevens' harsh words "aren't a concern."
Tasca added that he is not aware of any new suspects in the case. <<--
So correct you are.

In this day and age where ANYONE can steal a person's identity and get away with it, now we have a case where a persons license plate can be stolen too. You would think that the FPD would have been smart enough to figure this one out? Is it just cover-up to make it look like something is being done about crime, with an air of anything goes to get good PR, or just shoddy police work, and it's the jury's fault.

All that it really shows, that nothing has changed in Fitchburg. I think Mayor Wong needs to take charge here, and have an Independent Investigation on this.

It is obvious justice was served, only after Mr. Haney, his girlfriend, and his family, and his reputation was dragged through the mud. Hardly what the U.S. Constitution allows a person.

Maybe the FPD needs to learn about the two words: CIVIL RIGHTS. It's obvious they failed again!
Boulder City

Belfast, ME

#12 Aug 17, 2008
redemption wrote:
Funny how when someone is cleared there are so few comments...
Yet when they are accused, people can't stop making stupid comments.
http://www.topix.com/forum/source/sentinel-an...
Where are all these people who said in this thread he was guilty? And made suggestions that FSC, marines and fraternity members are the creators of bank robbery suspects?
After looking at your source, a couple other things came to mind...

1. It seems funny that when this story hit the paper, there was at least 3 different stories, with the opinion of many that was posted. Seems funny that when I looked at the blog you listed, it seems that there was only that one blog.

2. Considering that #1 is true, what are the S&E or the FPD trying to hide?

3. You are correct on the fact that when a crime like this goes down, everyone in the footprint of this paper is basically throwing stones before a person even goes before a judge. In some cases this paper and it's shoddy reporting does a great job misstating the facts, but in this case, you didn't need to be Eliott Ness to figure out that there was something funny about this case. Bust a person, with no evidence? This isn't the movie Casablanca, where a Vichy French Cop says "Round up the usual suspects." This is a city that has Police Department that at the beginning of the year was crying about being criticized by the people they serve.

Yet the only thing that happened was that Justice was served, and now Fitchburg is back where it was today, with a government in disarray.

4. You are right, the cowards who were throwing the stones are in hiding. Only shows one thing. Fitchburg, a city governed by mediocrity, by those who love mediocrity!

5. I certaintly would like to hear Matt Straight, with all his hoopla about the FPD. I am sure that spending more on Techno-Two Wheelers is better than training officers on Civil Rights, and Judicial Procedure.

But like I said...this is Fitchburg..a City that loves it's mediocrity!
Redemption

Walpole, MA

#13 Aug 17, 2008
The fact that the Chief of FPD isn't concerned about the image of the department that it failed to locate a felon whom violently robbed a bank with a weapon is most concerning.
How will they treat the next home invasion in Fitchburg with a weapon? That only carries a 10 year sentence. Armed robbery of bank is 20 years.

Here's a list of Fitchburg officials you can email:
http://www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/email.html

Maybe they care.
Tony

Cincinnati, OH

#16 Aug 18, 2008
I think the police chief needs to start taking a look at who and how the investigations are being done. It is one thing to arrest someone red-handed in the mist of a crime, however it is another thing to arrest someone with no real hard evdience and not doing a thorough investigation, The police department are ruining lives annd making themselves look incompentent. Between this case and them arresting one of their own (which I am confident he will be vindicated as well) I question the compentence of the PD and the chief!!!
jimmy

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Aug 18, 2008
I can't believe what I'm reading about the college. Spokesman Shanley should resign
Red Sox 938

Walpole, MA

#19 Aug 19, 2008
bump

Walpole, MA

#21 Aug 28, 2008
Freedom of Information Act Inquiry to the FBI regarding this case:
Deemed "not valid for prosecution". 06-11-2008

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