Fall River Police make multiple arrests in connection with armed crime spree

By Sam Vaccaro

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FALL RIVER, MA (WLNE) –Police have made four arrests in connection with two recent drive-by shootings and an armed robbery in Fall River.

Fall River Police responded to an early morning drive-by shooting on June 22nd that left 3 people wounded on Pine Street.
Around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, Police responded to an armed robbery on Griffin Street. A 34-year-old female victim told Police that a man stole cash from her after pointing a handgun at her head.

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fall River Police responded to a second drive-by shooting. Shots were fired at a car as it traveled on Water Street.

Police obtained descriptions of vehicles and suspects involved, and while securing the scene of the Water Street shooting an officer observed a vehicle matching the description given to them by a victim.

Fall River Police pursued the vehicle as it fled the scene. The vehicle eventually crashed in the area of Queen and Bay Streets.

Officers chased down and apprehended two suspects who fled the scene of the crash. Darius Seldon, 19, and Kelvin Manual Cruz, 22, were apprehended by Fall River Police.

After conducting interviews and canvassing the area, Police were able to locate and secure the firearm used in the June 22nd Pine Street shooting.

Further investigation by Fall River Police led to the arrests of Joseph Dearth, 26, Tanisha Ibay, 25, and Zachary Kelly, 23, in connection with the Pine Street shooting. 

Cruz, who was apprehended when fleeing the scene of the earlier crash, was also charged in connection with both the Armed Robbery and Water Street shooting.

In addition to the five arrests, Fall River Police were able to recover a second firearm used in the crimes.

These incidents are still under investigation by Fall River Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call MCD at 508-324-2796 or call anonymously on the TIPS line at 508-672- 8477.

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