Jul 1, 2016 6:01 PM
UPDATE: Nashua tow truck driver appears in court, neighbors react to arrest
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A Nashua man and former tow truck driver appeared in court Friday after he was arrested for soliciting sex from at least two different female passengers.
Matthew Walsh, 37, was a driver for Perfection Towing, a company based out of Watertown, Mass., when he allegedly solicited sex from customers while towing their cars.
Massachusetts Sate Police arrested Walsh on Thursday evening. Shortly after, he was released on $500 cash bail.
According to police, the first victim came forward on June 20 and found the second after reviewing Walsh’s driving history. Both women claim Walsh made inappropriate personal and sexual comments, asking them to have sex with him.
Both women were being towed from the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Framingham area. Walsh no longer works for the Perfection Towing, and state police say they have removed the company from their list of contractors.
Walsh appeared in court in Framingham on Friday morning to be arraigned for two counts of accosting or annoying a person of the opposite sex.
No one answered the door at Walsh’s residents on Mulvanity Street in Nashua on Friday.
However, his neighbors said the area is a quiet one.
“I grew up here,” said Trish Ellis, a neighbor. “It’s a dead end off of a dead end, so we grew up playing on the street, and even now you’ll see a lot of kids running around the neighborhood. It’s almost like an old school neighborhood where you kind of know your neighbors.”
Ellis’s family has owned a house at the end of Mulvanity Street since the 1940s. Ellis, her mother, her grandmother, and two of their immediate neighbors said they’ve never met or seen much of Walsh. They were disturbed to hear about his arrest.
“It’s kind of creepy, just knowing he was basically two houses down,” Ellis said. “I mean, I’m glad he wasn’t doing anything on this street, but that’s still really, like, he could have.”
Ellis and her family also expressed worry about the number of families who live near them.
“There’s a lot of kids running around the neighborhood, so I don’t know exactly what he was doing, but there are kids around all the time,” she said.
Though she has noticed the neighborhood has changed over the years from family-owned homes like hers to rented apartments. As a result, her family doesn’t know their neighbors like they used to.
“We lock our doors a little more than we used to when we were younger,” she said. “It’s not the same neighborhood where you used to be able to just run around and do what you want. It’s very different than it used to be.”
After his court appearance Friday, Walsh was ordered to stay away from the two alleged victims. He’s due back in court on Aug. 15.
Massachusetts State Police are asking anyone with similar complaints to contact them.