Ware man arraigned on aggravated rape and assault charges, held as dangerous updated

Date: 
04.25.2018

Update May 30, 2018: After having been indicted, Salsbury was arraigned on 11 charges in Hampshire Superior Court on May 29. A dangerousness hearing was scheduled for May 31.

Arthur Salsbury, 41, of Ware, was arraigned this afternoon in the Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges related to four separate assaults on women in Granby and South Hadley in 2009 and 2018. The charges, locations, and dates of offense are as follows:

  1. October 3, 2009, Granby, two counts of Aggravated Rape;
  2. February 23, 2018, Granby, two counts of Rape and one count of Assault and Battery;
  3. March 14, 2018, South Hadley, Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery; and
  4. March 24, 2018, Granby, Rape and Assault and Battery.

In each of these cases, it is alleged that the defendant picked up the victim on a street in Holyoke and transported her to the location of the assault in his tow truck or other vehicle.

The Honorable David Ross allowed the Commonwealth’s motion to hold the defendant in custody without right to bail as dangerous pending trial.  Salsbury is next due in court in Belchertown on June 19, 2018, for a pre-trial hearing pending presentation of the case to a grand jury.

These cases were investigated by the Granby Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the South Hadley Police Department, and the Holyoke Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl.