Manomet man charged with misleading police after sending them on search

A Manomet man is under arrest after sending police on an early morning search in the Fresh Pond area for a woman who wasn’t missing.

According to Captain John Rogers, EMTs responded to a report of a woman having a seizure at a home on Clearwater Drive at around 2 a.m. When they arrived, they were told by Anthony Violia, 25, of Delancy Drive, that she had recovered and taken herself to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. A check by police found that she was not there, Rogers said.

Upon returning to the home, police were told a different story. This time, Viola said she had wandered into the woods, prompting a search by Plymouth officers and the canine unit, Rogers said. A State Police Air Wing Unit based in Lawrence was also put on notice, he added. 

After three hours of searching, police reportedly learned what proved to be the real story, Rogers said. The woman, supposedly lost in the woods, had simply gone home. 

Viola was charged with witness intimidation, disturbing the peace and making a false 911 report. The witness intimidation charge, Rogers said, stems from Viola’s allegedly misleading police.

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