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Woburn man faces attempted murder charge after arrest in Wakefield

A Woburn man was arrested in Wakefield after he fled from the scene of an assault on Elm Street in Woburn. Thomas Ponte, 41, will face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, and kidnapping while armed.

Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Woburn police issued a “be on the lookout” alert for the suspect’s car after receiving a call from a woman who said she was assaulted by the suspect.

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“We received information regarding a car the suspect may be in and a possible location he may be heading to,” Woburn detective Ralph Coakley said.

At 6:08 p.m., state trooper Brian Cooper stopped Ponte’s Audi near 110 Spring St. in Wakefield. When Cooper stopped the car, the suspect ran, according to a State Police statement. Ponte was apprehended and returned to Woburn, where he was held overnight on $50,000 cash bail.

Woburn police are investigating the assault on Elm Street. They released no details on the incident.

Colin A. Young can be reached at
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