Ware man facing aggravated rape, assault and battery charges of 3 women


A Ware man is facing several aggravated rape, and assault and battery charges for allegedly sexually assaulting three women.

Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart told 22News 41-year-old Arthur Salsbury is being charged with two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of rape and two counts of assault and battery for incidents involving three women that occurred in Granby.

Police Chief Wishart said a joint investigation with the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, Holyoke Police, South Hadley Police, Belchertown Police and the personnel from Northwestern District Attorney’s office, into two sexual assaults that happened in Granby, led to Salsbury’s arrest.

Police say the incidents happened on February 23 and March 29. Two women told police they were assaulted and left in Granby after being picked up by Salsbury in a tow truck.

With the public’s assistance, police were able to track down the towing company and a driver. Identifying Salsbury as the driver, investigators say they entered his DNA into their database, which linked him to a sexual assault that took place in Granby in 2009.

That was when investigators identified another woman who told police she was also sexually assaulted by Salsbury.

Chief Wishart said these incidents are still being investigated and that anyone with information about these crimes or similar incidents are asked to call their local police department or the Granby Police Department at (413) 467-9222.

Salsbury will be held at the County Sheriff’s Regional Lock-up until his arraignment at the Eastern Hampshire District Court on Wednesday, April 25.

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