FALL RIVER — Fall River Police are searching for a suspect in an armed home invasion.

On Sunday February 18 at approximately 5 p.m., Officer Derek Pereira was proactively patrolling in the area of Robeson Street and New Boston Road, when he noticed a female waiving her hands in an effort to gain his attention. After speaking briefly with the female, Officer Pereira discovered that the female was a victim of a possible home invasion. She stated that two masked men had just broken into her home, and that one of the suspects was currently being held down by her boyfriend. The other male had already fled the area.

Officer Pereira, with the assistance of Officer Joseph Kubicek, went to further investigate the residence located at 136 New Boston Road. Upon entry, they found an individual later identified as 44-year-old Jose Dias being held down by two other individuals. After speaking with the victims inside of the apartment, it was determined that Dias was one of the suspects in the incident. He was immediately taken into custody. It was also determined that both suspects were armed with knives, and had knocked on the door announcing "Police, open up!" While the victims were attempting to answer the knock at the door, it was kicked open and a struggle began. Three occupants of the apartment suffered minor injuries and lacerations during the incident and were treated at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Dias was subsequently treated for injuries from the incident and booked for the following charges: home invasion; vandalizing property; three counts of assault and battery; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and assault and battery on a person over 60 years old.

The second suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5'10" to 6'0" tall, 200 lbs to 230 lbs, with short black hair. He was wearing a black zip up jacket with a black mask covering the lower half of his face.

The investigation remains open in search of the identity of the second suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this incident please contact Detective Larry Ferreira of the FRPD Major Crimes Division at (508) 324-2796. Anonymous tips are also accepted through the TIP line at (508) 672-TIPS, and also Facebook Messenger.

--Fall River Police

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