The Melrose Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police continue their search for John C. Ferreira, 54, who broke into a Vinton Street home and attacked the two women who lived there. The Melrose Police have determined that Ferreira knew and targeted his victims, and this was not a random act of violence.
Ferreira is described as a white male with a medium build and light complexion. He is 5’7″ tall and weighs about 199 lbs. He has facial hair, including a graying mustache, and partially shaved brown hair. He is believed to be operating a red Toyota Corolla, with Massachusetts license plate 546XL1, which he allegedly stole from one of the victims. He is believed to be traveling with a Rottweiler dog and should be considered armed and dangerous.
I ask all of you to keep in your thoughts and prayers the victims of this horrible crime as well as the continued safety of the members of the Melrose Police Department and all law enforcement personnel involved in this case at the local and state levels. We hope that the suspect will be apprehended safely.
If you have any information about Ferreira, please contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212 or by dialing 911. Do not approach him directly.