Anonymous tipster led police to Palmer, who had violated parole
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STURBRIDGE — Police credit an anonymous tipster with leading them to a sex offender being sought by law enforcement in Oregon for violating parole.
According to a press release issued by the Sturbridge Police Department, local police received an anonymous tip just after midnight Tuesday on the whereabouts of Clint Palmer. Police had used social media to share photographs and information about Palmer fewer than 12 hours before receiving the anonymous tip.
Sturbridge Police had said on Monday that Palmer was known to be staying with friends at 489 Main Street in Fiskdale, an apartment building also known as the 1738 House. Police said the tip led them to apartment #25 in the building, where Palmer was taken in without incident. Palmer, who police said has previously used the aliases Matthew Mancinelli, Matthew Bonano, Matthew Clinton, Curtis Palmer, Curtis Ray Palmer, and Travis Palmer, is being charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Breaking and Entering and Larceny. Additionally, local authorities are working with the Oregon Board of Parole to determine if rendition will be sought on Palmer’s parole violation and related warrants.
While on scene police officers identified Sheila Rodriguez, a resident of the apartment in which Palmer was found. Police reported Rodriguez had an outstanding warrant for Failure to Provide a DNA Database Sample. Rodriguez was subsequently taken into custody without incident, according to the press release.
Palmer and Rodriguez were both transported to the Sturbridge Police Department for processing. Police said Palmer is being held on ten thousand cash bail pending his arraignment, while Rodriguez was booked and released on bail.
Police reported they had executed a search warrant in the apartment building on Monday, though that was focused on a different apartment based on information law enforcement had received suggesting Palmer was staying in apartment #41. According to the Sturbridge Police Department, it was during Monday’s investigation that Morgan Wickers-Lowell, Palmer’s girlfriend, reportedly provided numerous false statements to police officers in an attempt mislead the investigation. She was arrested on Tuesday on one count of Obstruction of Justice, according to police. Wickers-Lowell was transported to the Sturbridge Police Department while awaiting arraignment.