Three Arrested in Connection to Recent New Bedford Homicide

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney

Press Release

January 29, 2018​

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III and New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro announced that three individuals were arrested in connection with the January 22 homicide of 34-year-old Chantel Bruno and the non-fatal stabbing of her pet Shih Tzu, Lolita.

This afternoon, Massachusetts State Police Troopers assigned to the district attorney’s office and New Bedford Police Detectives made the following arrests in The City of New Bedford connected o this case: 

—Robert Viveiros, 47, of 387 Ashley Blvd, apt. 3N, is charged with murder, armed home invasion, animal cruelty, the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute and conspiracy.

—Kenneth Roark, 45, of 66 Birchwood Drive, is charged with murder, armed home invasion, animal cruelty and conspiracy.  

—Olivia Alves, 29, of 387 Ashley Blvd, Apt. 3N, is charged with the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute.

All three defendants will be arraigned in New Bedford District Court Tuesday (tomorrow) morning.

New Bedford Police and EMS responded to 387 Ashley Boulevard around 1:19 am on January 22 in response to calls regarding a woman screaming and bleeding outside of that residence. The Wareham woman, later identified as 34-year-old Chantel Bruno, was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she pronounced dead as a result of stab wounds at around 2:30 in the morning. 

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorney Jason Mohan, who will also handle tomorrow’s arraignments.

Since the defendants have yet to be arraigned in open court, no further information on the facts of the case can be released until tomorrow’s arraignment.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications