Wareham Police seeking man for assault with a dangerous weapon

Jul 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Jazz Tavares

Wareham Police are actively seeking a man who allegedly fled police and nearly hit an officer with his car on Monday, July 16 after being stopped for a suspended license.

Officer Charles Pillsbury was working an off-duty detail on Hathaway Street around 10:50 a.m. when he noticed Jazz Tavares, 29, of New Bedford, driving by with a woman passenger.

Pillsbury was aware that Tavares had a revoked driver’s license and motioned for Tavares to stop.

After advising him that his license was revoked, Tavares reportedly said, “I can’t believe you are doing this to me while you’re on a detail.”

Tavares then stepped on the gas, causing Pillsbury to run out of the way to avoid being hit, police said. Pillsbury radioed a description of the vehicle and last direction of travel to headquarters.

Minutes later, the car was spotted by Department of Natural Resources Director and Harbormaster Garry Buckminster on Cranberry Highway near New England Farms.

Officers pulled the car over, but Tavares was no longer driving. Instead, it was Kristina Boucher-Szwedko, 26, of Mattapoisett, who was the passenger from before.

Boucher-Szwedko reportedly refused to cooperate with police and was arrested by Officer James White. She was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony, interfering with the duties of a police officer, and numerous motor vehicle violations as the car was both unregistered and uninsured with attached license plates.

Two small children in the car were removed and given to a family member who arrived on location.

The Wareham Police Department is now actively seeking Tavares for the charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and operating with a suspended driver’s license.

Tavares is well known by the police and was arrested in 2014 with a stolen firearm in his possession, police said.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Tavares should contact the Wareham Police Department at 508-295-1212.

Kristina Boucher-Szwedko (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Comments (7)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 17, 2018 11:18

So typical of these types!  No regard for  the safety of anyone. Endangering Officer Pillsbury.  Endangering the small children.  Kristina has clearly made some bad life choices by associating with this dirtbag.

It is amazing what these babymama women will do for these losers.


So glad nothing happened to Officer Pillsbury.  After what just happened in Weymouth.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 17, 2018 14:03

WBTS, Did I not just say yesterday that its only a matter of time. The Police officers in Wareham need to take care of themselves FIRST. I'll say what I said to a former coworker after he suffered a heart attack chasing a Rat he caught breaking into a store. " Hey Kenny what happened ? That thing strapped to your waist break? "  Cap'em and deal with the paperwork later . It sure beats the alternative , in a hearse while the scumbag lives..  Be safe and PLEASE say thanks to the people protecting you .. Gary Be safe pal

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 17, 2018 16:13

The courts should let her go, she has already been through so much with the lack of gray matter situation  and being hit with the ugly stick so hard. Look the ears arent even at the same level, her skull must have been crushed

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 17, 2018 16:14

The courts should let her go, she has already been through so much with the lack of gray matter situation  and being hit with the ugly stick so hard. Look the ears arent even at the same level, her skull must have been crushed

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jul 18, 2018 09:04

Thank God Officer Pillsbury and the others were not injured. This is a reminder that the criminals dont care about the life and welfare of police officers. What used to be routine traffic stops have now become life threatening situations.

Posted by: Linda | Jul 18, 2018 12:19

Criminals don't care about anyone, Steve.  Pillsbury has been on the force for quite a while & these officers know the bad guys, their license status, etc. - they are good about that!   Jaz has been trouble since he was a teen.


Posted by: Fossil | Jul 18, 2018 23:31

Jazz had a landscape business, and was mowing my lawn. Didn;t show this week. When I sent him a few messages he did call me said his kid was sick.  He seemed like a good kid to me, was polite and did the work. Unfortunatly he was driving a truck and trailer wth no license and registration. I didn't know that.  Now I have to find another landscaper


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