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WOONSOCKET , Veteran Woonsocket Police Capt. Walter Warot is one of four finalists for the $90,000 police chief's job in Provincetown, Mass.Warot was one of 85 candidates who initially applied for the chief position, which was vacated with the retirement of former Provincetown Police Chief Schuyler "Ted" Meyer in January 2007.Provincetown officials whittled the list to 33 candidates and then four finalists, which include Warot; Bow, N.H. Police Chief Jeff Jaran; Provincetown Police Sgt.Warot made local headlines last year when he and Woonsocket Lt.Several years ago, Warot, who was commanding officer of the city's undercover drug squad at the time, accidentally shot himself in the buttocks in a park outside the Frank J. Licht Judicial Complex on South Main Street.He was wounded in his right buttock when his service issue .45-caliber handgun discharged.
Lt. Timothy Paul and Capt. Walter Warot were to face department questioning in the possible disciplinary action pending against them for their investigation of the computer intrusion case.While Warot and Paul had been working toward lodging possible charges against another department member over the alleged intrusion, they were instead pulled off the investigation by Houle and suspended with pay pending the disciplinary review.
The artist's rendering was released to the media Friday in the hopes someone will know the man and help police locate him, according to Woonsocket Police Capt. Walter Warot."We are using all the resources available to us in the search for this suspect," Warot said of the rendering.Police also put out additional details on the suspect along with the rendering that Warot hopes may spark an identification. The man spoke to the victim while driving past her in a dark-colored car on Elm Street near Jervis Street at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.When she didn't respond, he got out of the car to confront her, according to police. The man then forced the girl into the car and drove off with her, according to police.The man headed to the area of 500 Wood Ave. near East Mill Street, where, after the car slowed in traffic, the 15-year-old was able to bolt the vehicle and safely escape her abductor, police said.Warot described the man as being a fair-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall, of medium build, with short dark hair in a fade-style haircut with sideburns attached to a well-kept beard.The man was said to be wearing a baggy black Tshirt with a design on its front and baggy light blue jeans. The suspect vehicle was said to be a dark-colored, four-door car, believed to an older model with wood grain around the stereo.The vehicle was reported to have gray cloth seats, to be very neat inside with square door handles and manual (unautomated) door locks, Warot said.Warot hoped the release of the enhanced description would result in new leads as to the man's identity and whereabouts. The investigation already conducted by the department located an individual police had wanted to speak with, but that person checked out as not being involved in the incident, he said. For now, Warot said police will continue working any lead they get in the hopes of getting a break in the case."The public is our best resource," Warot said."The public is the extension of our eyes and ears on the street."Anyone with information on the suspect or the incident in general can contact Warot and other investigators on the case by calling 766-1212.
"No matter how insignificant they may think it is, they should call," Detective Capt. Walter Warot told reporters.
"What they think is nothing may be just the break we're looking for." Earlier, Warot was among a large gathering of city police officers who joined members of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition in a press briefing to announce the resurrection of the tip line in a municipal parking lot on Clinton Street. The investigation into Smith's murder has been very aggressive, said Warot. Nevertheless, police have been unsuccessful in making headway in the probe and are appealing to the public for help.
Capt. Walter Warot said a shot was fired during the incident.No one was hurt, he said, but the police are not saying much else.