Violent fugitive returned to Holyoke

Rivera accused of assaulting elderly victim

Gilberto Rivera (Photo courtesy of: Holyoke Police Department)

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A fugitive described by Holyoke Police as “a one-man crime wave” has been brought back to Holyoke to face numerous felony charges outlined in a Grand Jury indictment.

According to a News Release from Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert, the Holyoke Police Criminal Investigations Bureau last Sunday brought 37-year-old Gilberto Rivera back to Holyoke where he was booked on 7 outstanding warrants.

Those warrants relate to numerous investigations from the Fall of 2013 for various felony charges. Among the felony charges outlined in the warrants, Breaking and Entering, Robberies, Burglaries, Assault and Battery of Person Over 60 and larcenies. “Investigators believe Gilberto Rivera was a one man crime wave,” said Lt Albert.

Rivera had an Albany, NY address. Lt. Albert said Rivera was linked to “many crime scenes” by fingerprint and DNA evidence verified by the Massachusetts State police Crime Lab.

The News Release also said that Rivera had fled the region a year ago, but Holyoke Detectives tracked Rivera with help from Albany, NY Police, U S Marshals, and the New Jersey Regional Task Force.

A Hampden County Superior Court Grand Jury returned a multi-count indictment against Rivera. There is no mention in the News Release of when a Superior Court arraignment will take place.

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