Monday, October 28, 2013

TPD secure Arrest Warrant for the true Silver Line OUI subject

James M. Tilton
On October 25, 2013 at approximately 1 a.m. Transit Police officers responded to the D Street portal entrance of World Trade Center MBTA Silver Line for a report of an accident involving a single vehicle. Subsequent to an investigation by the responding officers a male party was placed into custody for OUI Liquor. The male subject was transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. During the booking process the male subject furnished the name of William Tilton and other personal identifiers to include social security number, date of birth and residential address of William Tilton. The information was submitted to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, as is customary, and the information was processed.

On evening of October 26th, 2013 Transit Police detectives positively verified the male subject arrested was NOT William Tilton but rather his estranged brother James M.Tilton, 57 years of age. Upon ascertaining this information we took immediate action to correct the misleading and criminal act of James M. Tilton. Earlier this afternoon (10/28/2013) Transit Police detectives secured an arrest warrant for James M. Tilton issued from South Boston District Court for Operating under the Influence of Liquor 3rd Offence, Operating after Suspension; Subsequent Offence and False Name at Booking.

Due to human error
, there was a breakdown in the verification process.  We are conducting a thorough evaluation of our policies and procedures and will take whatever corrective action is necessary to prevent something like this from occurring again.

If you know the whereabouts of James M. Tilton please contact our Special Crimes Unit at 617-222-1181 or you can send us an anonymous tip to our text line at 873873.

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.