BENNINGTON, Vt. - A North Adams. man that police suspect of driving a car registered to homicide victim Ellen DePaoli waived his right to an extradition hearing in Vermont Superior Court Friday and is expected to be sent back to Berkshire County within seven days.
David A. Delratez, 41, was charged as a fugitive from justice in and is wanted on a probation violation for a prior assault conviction in Massachusetts.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Sgt. David Dutcher, North Adams Police informed them on Thursday that Delratez may be on Valentine Street in Bennington, and driving a 2005 blue Ford Taurus. The vehicle's make, model, and license plate number match the one police said is registered to DePaoli.
North Adams Police said Delratez is a "person of interest" in an investigation. Police said they used the global positioning feature on Delratez's cell phone to track him to Bennington. It was believed he has friends in the Bennington area.
The Taurus was located Thursday afternoon on Valentine Street, where police watched it. While questioning people in the area, police received word Delratez was running down Safford Street and went behind a residence. He was located and arrested by police from Bennington and North Adams.
State's Attorney Erica Marthage said Friday that law enforcement from Berkshire County was at the Bennington State Office Complex ready to transport Delratez back to Massachusetts that day.
Delratez, is currently on probation until 2015 out of Northern Berkshire District Court after pleading guilty in May 2012 to assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime. He was also sentenced to 18 months in the Berkshire County House of Correction for the same case.
According to court documents in the 2013 case, Delratez was listed as living on Walker Street in Clarksburg, just over the town line from DePaoli's home in North Adams on the same street.
He has a prior criminal history that includes a violent attack on a man using a dumbbell that left the victim with a scarred face, broken jaw and facial bones and blurred vision.
In January 2004, after a night of heavy drinking Delratez allegedly beat a then 36-year-old man with a dumbbell at the man's North Adams apartment. They had gone to the residence after drinking at a local bar.
Two years later, Delratez pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to mayhem, assault and battery to intimidate and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to at least four years and no more than five years in state prison followed by two years of probation.
In 2001, he served 60 days in jail on motor vehicle charges after failing to stop for police. Two years earlier he was given probation on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.