Wareham Police investigating assault during relay race

May 25, 2017

Wareham Police are investigating the assault of a 24-year-old Tyngsborough woman who was participating in the Reebok Ragnar race on May 12.

The incident happened at around 10 p.m. on Onset Avenue.

"Somebody grabbed her from behind and took off," said Police Chief Kevin Walsh.

Articles of the woman's clothing are being tested for DNA evidence, Walsh said

Reebok Ragnar thanked field staff, the community and local police for their help in an official statement.

"Nobody is more important to us than the safety of our runners," they said. "We are working with our internal staff and local authorities to fully review the events."

According to the statement, the woman chose to return to the race and finish it with her team after she was cleared at the hospital.

Anybody with information about the incident is asked to contact Wareham Police. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 508-291-2300 or by visiting www.warehampolice.com, navigating to "Report a Crime" on the menu, and clicking on "Web Tip."

The 200-mile relay race began in Hull on May 12 and ended in Provincetown on May 13.



Comments (23)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 25, 2017 11:09

Thankfully she's ok.


A 200 mile race through dozens of towns and this is how Wareham gets recognized. Another black eye!  This is another crappy thing that paints Wareham as a bad, dangerous place.  I'll bet they detour future races around Wareham.


Fox 25 Boston has quite a detailed interview, video, & story on the event.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 25, 2017 14:19

With all the thugs, punks, perverts and vagrants that hang is Onset village, its no wonder. Wareham gets this reputation on its own by not only allowing  but encouraging all the low income housing, halfway houses and support for the homeless.

Posted by: 181mph | May 25, 2017 15:37

sherebreaker,, is there a minimum yearly wage that you would like to see set for anyone that  wants to move to wareham ?, and also what methods are you suggesting to rid wareham of the people you don't care for, or you feel are not suitable to live in your town spherebreaker, normaly i don't much care what you post as it's mostly hate and degradation of some folks or another, but it's your right to be narrow minded and hateful, anyways this post you made just raised my curiosity about the punks, thugs, perverts and vagrants that are in onset, i must say, i used to know some fine folks in onset, i reckon they must have moved over to wareham to get some of that cheap housing you are supplying for them with your tax dollars,, fine job ,,,and i say this with love

Posted by: donknowlton | May 26, 2017 09:36

Well put 181MPH, I see nothing but a thug hiding behind behind a screen name and keyboard with this guy.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 26, 2017 10:32

To deny the correlation between these issues and the crime in Wareham is putting your head in the sand and irresponsible. What you think of me is of zero concern to me or those that know me. I can say you are mistaken.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2017 11:23

As long as we have folk that keep their heads in the sand and get offended when the truth is spoken, Wareham will never improve.  I describe the thugs, punks, perverts, and vagrants we have as Warehamy. I think you all may have read that catch-all word of mine in one or two of my posts.  I know that many of you don't like it.  That's because it is true. I cannot comprehend that anybody that's smart enough to type comments here cannot see the problems.  Take a look around!


The sights in Onset Village and Wareham Center are unreal at times. Some days I find myself looking around for a camera crew filming a sequel to Boyz n the Hood or some other movie about gangsters, white trash, and homeless.


And the Selectmen want to increase foot traffic in these places.  That is ridiculous! Nobody looking to patronize the businesses wants to walk anywhere near that element.

Posted by: desertsky | May 26, 2017 12:21

Just curious why this happened on the 12th of May and nobody  I know even heard a peep about this until it was on Fox the other morning. Nobody gets warned .. what's the big secret? If someone got assaulted in my neighborhood I'd like to know and be informed to stay extra vigilant..and not nearly two weeks after the fact...just saying..

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2017 12:27

The victim waited.  Aside from another blip in Wareham's police report, there was nothing until the girl spoke up.

Posted by: Snowman | May 26, 2017 15:56

I am sick of the sorry rhetoric from the Serial Posters here. Never a positive note. Never a solid suggestion to help out unless it includes public humiliation and vigilantism.  This has become a place for some to spread negativism, preach hatred, and make lazy complaints about people they have never met and have decided not to like.

It is a shame that this space that has the potential to offer worthwhile dialogue has been ruined by a few haters. I am done wasting time and positive energy with it.

Posted by: Archangel | May 26, 2017 16:42

Spherebreaker, I'm just really really happy that neither you or Brockton By the Sea are my neighbor. Just saying...



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2017 17:21

What makes you so sure that one of us isn't?   Ha ha. Have a great long weekend.  We'd be fine.  I'm just misunderstood.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 26, 2017 20:29

If my dislike of Vagrants, Perverts, Thugs, Punks and such upsets you I can only assume that you are either one of them or supports them so your opinion of me is worthless and says a lot about you.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 26, 2017 23:29

Before everyone freaks out , I for one find this story very fishy  and no it's not coming from Onset Pier . I saw the woman's report on fox 25 and something isn't adding up , before we blame this on another local thug let's see where this story goes .

Posted by: desertsky | May 27, 2017 07:44

I'm with you swift..something IS off about this...and I too believe theres's more to this story than what's been reported. I think the wait to publicize much has to do with another angle here..

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 27, 2017 19:52

Desert sky , too over dramatic . They said she was from Lowell . Really ?? No offense Wareham but Lowell is a lot worse . Just doesn't make sense and unfortunately our fine town here is getting the bad rap

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 29, 2017 10:56

Out an errand and then out for an early dinner at El Mariachi the night of the race, we passed through the area of Gibbs Ave. and High Street (race entrance point into Wareham as described in a Wareham Week May 12 article) at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and then again around 8 p.m. By 8 p.m. it appeared to us that the vast majority of runners had passed through the area and we saw a vehicle with flashing hazard lights that we assumed was following along with the last of the runners. Having seen police directing traffic for a lot of runners at 5 and 6;30 p.m., and then having seen only 2 or 3 runners at 8 p.m. and a vehicle that appeared to be moving along with those runners I'm wondering:


What time did police details associated with the race end?


Was there a vehicle which kept pace with the last of the runners, and if yes, what time did that vehicle pass through Onset?


And in general, some words of caution for anyone running (or walking) along the edge of roadways in the dark of night, be it for a road race, or simply a personal choice of exercise time. Night traffic anywhere is much more of a hazard than daytime for runners and pedestrians. Visibility is not as good for drivers, while drivers should anticipate the possibility of runners and pedestrians in the dark of night, they don't always do so, there's a greater possibility of drivers being impaired by alcohol or other substances, and inexperienced (and sometimes risk taking) teen drivers also compound hazards for runners and pedestrians.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 29, 2017 13:01

Maybe I fell for her teary story.  That's not like me.  Something isn't adding up here.  Andrea speaks of a pace car in the rear of the race at 8pm keeping the race safe.  This girl claims her event happened at 10:00.


Maybe we have an attention seeker?

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | May 29, 2017 16:38

Why is it that everyone seems to jump to conspiracy theories when stuff happens in this world?


The last of the runners is not indicated by a vehicle with flashing lights.  Each team of runners had some vehicles (typically vans) associated with them.  The vans held the next runners that would participate in the relay.  SOME of these vans stayed with their runners as often as possible, some did not.  The run goes overnight into the next day so running at 10pm is not out of the question.  Now, perhaps this woman was attacked, perhaps not.  I don't know that answer.  However, is it out of the question?  Of course it isn't.  Let's not send the message of "if you come to our town and something happens, you better not report it or we will do everything we can to prove you wrong".


I am glad that she is ok, no matter what may have happened.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 29, 2017 16:55

Wareham by the Sea - I said "we assumed" due to a number of factors that the vehicle we saw at 8 p.m. was following the last of the runners. I did not state as fact that there was a "pace car" involved in the race. Then later in my comment I posed the question, "Was there a vehicle which kept pace with the last of the runners, and if yes, what time did that vehicle pass through Onset?"


Also of note, we don't know the route (nor the length of the route) that the road race followed after exiting High Street so it is difficult to estimate the amount of time it would take a runner seen on High Street at 8 p.m. to reach the location on Onset Ave where the incident reportedly happened.


My comment was not intended to question the accuracy of a report someone made to the police. Rather it was intended to highlight safety issues associated with a foot race being run in the dark of night through neighborhoods where roads often have traffic, and to inquire as to the safety precautions taken for participants running on trafficked roads late at night.


And yes, Wareham by the Sea, if a comment which directly follows one I have posted appears to reference my comment, I read the comment in its entirety to see if further clarification is required of me.








Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 29, 2017 21:26

Her clothes are being tested for DNA ? If she was just grabbed what DNA is going to be found?  If she was just grabbed from behind why did she go to the hospital ? But my biggest question is if I was attacked and had to go to the hospital where they  my clothes for evidence and testing you know where the last place I'd wanna go is back to a silly race where I was supposedly attacked ... Call me silly but something isn't adding up here ...

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 29, 2017 21:29

Wanttoseechange - thanks for the clarification. I did not know that the race was an all night event or that multiple vehicles were traveling along during the event transporting people. As for our assumption that a vehicle with flashing hazard lights traveling slowly behind what appeared to us to be the last of the runners might have indicated the end of the race...the assumption was based upon what we have witnessed when foot races and the Pan Mass challenge have passed through the neighborhood in which we live.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 29, 2017 22:41

Andrea,  I am sorry that my reference to a pace car appeared to be putting words in your mouth.  That was not my intent.  Your assumptions and questions about this matter are inline with mine.  I would have assumed the same because I am also aware of how other races are organized.  I would expect a race like this to have officials riding along for safety.  That is why I question the validity.  It is hard to believe that the runners are all alone, running on the street, in the dark, with nobody associated with the race monitoring. That just sounds dangerous.  Aside from being attacked, a runner could fall, have a medical emergency, etc.  Supervision for the safety and well-being of the racers seems like a requirement.


Oh yea, you don't have to explain why you decided to read my comment.  I am sorry about that statement I made a while back that led to you boycotting me.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 30, 2017 11:21

Wareham by the Sea- Thank you. I think anyone who is running after dark over roads which at the same time have vehicles traveling on them is, because of the nature of night time driving conditions, risking their own safety as well as the safety of drivers who because of any number of potential visibility issues might end up swerving to avoid hitting the runner.


I assume that approval of selectmen was required for the race to pass through town. If my assumption is correct, I'd love to know, if approval was conditioned to specific safety precautions being taken, and if so, what those safety precautions were.



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