LEOMINSTER – On Tuesday, May 23, at about 12:31 p.m, Officer Tyler Labell of the Leominster Police Department was dispatched to St. Anna Catholic School on Lancaster Street to meet with Captain John Fraher to investigate an incident that allegedly took place the day before, involving a man in a dark cloak yelling at second graders during recess.
“Upon arrival, I met Captain Fraher and we walked down to the parking lot area next to the school where the students have recess,” wrote Officer Labell in his Narrative for the incident. “Captain Fraher explained that the incident yesterday involved a person in the woods beyond the fence. From what was reported to him, there was a man in a black cloak outside the fence yelling at the children. While Captain Fraher is asking me to follow up on the investigation, we see a person walking inbound on the train tracks.”
Officer Labell said that he and Captain Fraher walked past the fence and up into the woods to the train tracks to see who it was.
“We were able to identify the person as Matthew Vaillettte. The individual was wearing the green cloak that he wears every day,” wrote Officer Labell in his Narrative. Later adding, “Matthew Vaillette [DOB 3/14/1984] is homeless in the City of Leominster and does not change his clothes. Captain Fraher and myself yelled out to Matthew as he was walking away and he sped up to get away from us. At this time, Matthew was arrestable for trespassing on the railroad tracks. Captain Fraher and myself attempted to locate Matthew further along the tracks but were unsuccessful at this time.”
Officer Labell went back to St. Anna School to speak with the staff about the incident the prior day while Captain Fraher continued along the train tracks in search of Vaillette, who was eventually arrested by another officer after he was spotted near the Leominster police station.
“Within ten minutes of originally seeing Matthew on the tracks, it was called over the radio that he was seen in the parking lot behind the police station. I soon heard over the radio t Matthew was arrested on a charge of trespassing. Officer [Carlos] Cintron was the one who found Matthew behind the police station. Officer Cintron is very familiar with Matthew as he works with the outreach team for the Leominster police,” explained Officer Labell in his Narrative. Later adding, “Matthew was brought into booking wearing the same green cloak within approximately 15 minutes of when I saw him on the railroad tracks.”
Officer Labell went to meet with the principal of St. Anna’s School, Renee Legendre. According to Officer Labell’s Narrative, Legendre said that while the second graders were outside for recess on Monday, May 22, there was a report of a man yelling at the students.
“I asked who was outside with the students and she stated, Ms. Linda Luciano,” said Officer Labell in his Narrative. “I asked Renee if there was any video of the incident, which she stated that there was not. Renee showed me where the cameras are and they do not show into the woods. Renee was able to get Linda for me so I could speak with her.”
Luciano told Officer Labell that she didn’t see the man who allegedly yelled at the students, rather, the second graders reported the incident to her. The only descriptive information the students gave Luciano was that the man was wearing a dark cloak.
“At this time, there are no charges for yesterday’s incident,” wrote Officer Labell toward the end of his Narrative, before adding that Vaillette was charged with walk/ride on railroad track.
Vaillette’s bail was set at $1,000.
He was arraigned on May 23 in Leominster District Court.
His most recent court date was on June 15.
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