Ware man arraigned on rape charges

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A 42-year-old Ware man accused of raping and assaulting women he picked up in his tow truck appeared in court today.

This afternoon, Arthur Salsbury pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of aggravated rape and assault and battery.

Police allege that Salsbury he had a pattern of picking up women in his tow truck and driving them around before assaulting them.

Charges against Salsbury span from incidents in Granby and South Hadley which include: October 3, 2009, Granby, two counts of aggravated rape February 23, 2018, Granby, two counts of rape and one count of assault and battery March 14, 2018, South Hadley, armed robbery and assault and battery March 29, 2018, Granby, rape and assault and batteryCourt documents revealed that during the Feburary 23 incident Salsbury allegedly picked up a woman in Holyoke and drove her to Dusfrane Park in Granby. He then reportedly dragged he out of the vehicle, then raped her and left her there. The victim then fled to a nearby home for help.

On March 14, court documents said Salsbury picked up another woman in Holyoke and asked $20 in exchange for sexual services. Salsbury later asked for the money back at the South Hadley Big Y parking lot, then threatened the victim with a knife, and threw her out of his work issued truck, according to court documents.

The incident on March 29 was almost identical to that of the one on February 23.

According to prosecutors, Salsbury would pick these women up in Holyoke before driving them around. Salsbury also admitted to police that he often picked up prostitutes in Holyoke.

APR towing, the company Salsbury was employed with during these alleged incidents, released a statement to Western Mass News that said:We would like to make it clear that from the beginning of the investigation we have complied with Ware, Granby and Massachusetts State Police. We placed the employee on leave pending the investigation that same day. We also offered our tow truck to be taken for the investigation. If you have further questions, please feel free to email us as we are in and out of the office through out the day and our employees do not have any further information or the ability to comment on the situation.At the conclusion of today's hearing, Salsbury was ordered held without the right to bail. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information about these alleged crimes or similar incidents are asked to contact your local police department or Granby Police at (413) 467-9222.

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