Suspect on Bristol County Most Wanted list held without bail pending dangerousness hearing

By: Ellie Romano


Twitter: @ERomanoABC6

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – A suspect who was placed on the Bristol County Most Wanted list appeared before a judge on Friday.

Brian Jagielski, 53, of Tiverton is facing serious domestic violence charges. He’s accused of strangling his girlfriend on multiple occasions in New Bedford. Prosecutors also said he took his girlfriend to the Freetown State Forest against her will and threatened to bury her there. He is also accused of slapping her, smashing a vase and holding a piece of its broken glass up to her throat while threatening to kill her. The incidents are all alleged to have occurred in January.

Jagielski was put on the Bristol County’s Most Wanted Fugitives list in August after skipping his arraignment in July.

Officials tracked him to Mexico and he was arrested in Chicago at the end of September. 

At his arraignment in Bristol County Superior Court on Friday the judge ruled Jagielski be held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing.

“These are serious allegations of domestic violence,” said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn. “We will argue that he should be detained both as a flight risk and danger to society.”

The dangerousness hearing will be held on Friday, October 25th. A dangerousness hearing is when the prosecution asks the judge to hold a defendant without bail for up to 120 days.

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