Man wanted in Fall River shooting arrested in Taunton

Charles Winokoor

A man who police say was involved in shooting a Fall River businessman in the head last year was apprehended Tuesday night in this city’s Weir Village neighborhood.

Dana Sean Lea, 29, was arrested inside his girlfriend’s second-floor apartment at 57 First St., and surrendered without a fight, authorities said.

“They approached very carefully [and] he immediately surrendered,” Taunton Police Lt. John Joyce said.

Cops obviously weren’t taking any chances with Lea, whose last known address as of 2007 was 50 Wilcock St., Dorchester.

A contingent of seven Fall River police detectives and close to a dozen Taunton police officers descended on the apartment shortly before 11 p.m., police said.

Lea had been linked to the assault and shooting of Antonio F. Alberto inside his Fall River insurance and real estate agency office on the night of Sept. 24, 2007, police said.

Alberto — who survived a gunshot wound to the back of the head — told police he’d gone to his office that night after-hours on the pretense of meeting an individual to discuss a legitimate business deal.

Instead he was allegedly assaulted by three men who tied him up with plastic ties and gagged him with duct tape. He told police he played dead after being shot and eventually was able to dial 911.

One week after the assault, Peter Chamberlin of Roslindale was apprehended by Worcester Police detectives and charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and other offenses.

Lea is being held without bail after being arraigned Wednesday in Fall River District Court, Bristol County district attorney’s office spokesman Gregg Miliote said.

He is charged with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony while armed, and carrying a gun without a license or firearm identification card, police said.

Miliote said a dangerousness hearing, which could allow the state to hold Lea without bail for 90 days, is scheduled for Friday.

Joyce said Taunton police had been assisting Fall River PD in keeping an eye out for Lea, who he called a “very slippery” character.

“He’d gotten away from Fall River [police] a couple of times,” said Joyce, who added that a search warrant for the apartment in which Lee was holed up was secured Tuesday night.

The booking sheet for Lea describes him as having been unemployed and identifies his birthplace as Boston.

Fall River Police Sgt. Thomas Mauretti said his department first applied for an arrest warrant last April.

He credited Taunton police with being “very helpful” in keeping them abreast of Lea’s whereabouts, but stressed that Fall River Det. Lawrence Ferreira is heading up the ongoing investigation.

Mauretti said a third suspect, who he would not name, is being sought. He also would not identify who police believe was the “principal shooter” that night.

Besides the girlfriend, her two young children were also inside the Taunton apartment when police served their search warrant Tuesday night, Mauretti said.

He said no one was hurt and that charges are not pending against the woman at this time.

Miliote called the cooperation between Taunton and Fall River police an example of “great police work.”

The apartment building on First Street sits directly next to the Charles L. Flannery Memorial Playground, where in June 16-year-old Devon Hodo of Second Street was fatally stabbed during a fight between two groups of young people.

A teenager was subsequently arrested in connection to that case but the killer has yet to be apprehended.