Chelsea fugitive apprehended

The Chelsea fugitive arrested in Rhode Island on an attempted murder warrant but who later escaped Chelsea Police custody back in April has been caught.

The U.S. Marshal Service and Boston Police acting on a credible tip that was received Monday morning by Chelsea Police Detectives arrested Joel McDonald, age 20 of Chelsea in a Dorchester apartment. McDonald was able to evade a Chelsea Officer while being transported from police custody to Chelsea District Court on April 22.

McDonald was being held in connection with a January 21, 2010 shooting in Chelsea where he is facing multiple charges including, Assault with Intent to Murder. McDonald was found and later apprehended in Rhode Island on those charges before escaping police custody.

When he escaped Chelsea Police immediately put out an A.P.B. describing McDonald and enlisting the help of residents in Chelsea and Boston.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes praised the cooperative effort by local, state and federal authorities who worked tirelessly on apprehending McDonald.

“The US Marshal Service Fugitive Unit’s persistence left no doubt that his arrest was only a matter of time,” said Kyes.

McDonald was finally arraigned Tuesday in Chelsea District Court on the fugitive charges as well as the attempted murder charges.

Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or texting the word Chelsea and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

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