A Massachusetts man is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman he met on Tinder, threatening to kill her and her child if she went to the cops, authorities said.
Peter Bozier, 28, was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in Sudbury after the victim told investigators she was severely beaten and strangled while being held against her will at Bozier’s home, police said.
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The victim said the harrowing ordeal began a day earlier, police spokesman Lt. Robert Grady told the MetroWest Daily News.
Grady said the woman managed to “release herself from the situation” and then went to a hospital in Burlington, where hospital staffers contacted police, the newspaper reported.
Police said Bozier, of Sudbury, threatened to kill the woman and her child as a way to intimidate her from reporting what allegedly happened to authorities.
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The Middlesex district attorney’s office said she had been visiting Bozier after connecting with him on the dating app a week earlier, the Boston Globe reported.
Bozier was later taken into custody while driving without a license, prosecutors said. He was initially cooperative, but then turned “belligerent” while being booked at a police station, leaving several officers with scrapes and cuts during multiple altercations, police said.
Bozier, who had a small cut on his finger, then complained of other medical ailments, leading him to be taken to a hospital twice for treatment before he was cleared by staffers there, police said.
Bozier was arraigned Wednesday on charges including kidnapping, strangulation, assault and battery and intimidation of a witness. He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerous hearing next week, authorities said. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.
A message seeking comment early Friday from Tinder was not immediately returned.