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Police Rearrest Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Police Rearrest Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Wareham police escorted 18-year-old Gina Giovangelo to a cruiser yesterday. Giovangelo fled Barnstable District Court on Friday. She is accused of killing a woman in a wheelchair. [AP]

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

May 23, 2010

WAREHAM, MA – Gina Giovangelo, the Hyannis teenager who fled from Barnstable District Court Friday morning before her arraignment on motor vehicle homicide charges, was found yesterday afternoon after more than a day on the run, police said.

According to a statement released from the Wareham Police Department, Giovangelo was captured in a wooded area along Onset Avenue in Wareham around 3 p.m.

Barnstable police had received a tip that Giovangelo was in the area, possibly in a white Toyota Camry. Wareham police spotted the vehicle at the Rosewood Motel on Cranberry Highway. There were two occupants in the vehicle, Jordan Robinson and Cameron Byers, both 20 and of Barnstable. While questioning the two, police learned that Giovangelo was at the hotel and had run out the back door into the woods.

Police canvassed the woods with K-9 units for 30 minutes before spotting Giovangelo near a golf course. She attempted to continue running from police but was quickly apprehended, the police statement said.

“This joint effort by Wareham and Barnstable police was a classic example of law enforcement agencies working together in the apprehension of wanted felon,’’ Wareham police said in the statement.

Giovangelo disappeared Friday after she went outside the courthouse before her arraignment to smoke a cigarette. She is facing charges of motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident after she allegedly failed to stop after hitting Lillian White, 47, of Hyannis, with her car Tuesday night.

White was crossing North Street in her motorized wheelchair on her way home when she was hit. She died several hours later.

Giovangelo was transported to the Wareham Police Headquarters for booking yesterday, and then turned over to Barnstable police. Robinson and Byers were also arrested and charged by Barnstable police as accessories after the fact for allegedly assisting Giovangelo.

Giovangelo’s attorney, Russell J. Rudgate, declined to comment on his client’s recapture or her disappearance.

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