Arrest Made In Connection With Wind Tiki Fire, Webster Break-Ins


Joel Batista-Rivera (Webster Police)

The Webster Police Department has announced the arrest of a 42-year-old Webster man after a fire that destroyed the Wind Tiki Restaurant on March 18th.

In addition to the Webster Police Detective Bureau, the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and found Joel Batista-Viera of Lincoln Street in Webster had attempted to break-in and start a fire at Mexicali Restaurant on Worcester Road, and gain access to Lake Pizza on Thompson Road.

Batista-Viera was placed in custody on Monday and charged with several counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and vandalizing property.  Police say that some incidents remain under investigation and additional charges are likely.  More information was given out at 3 PM during a Live press conference which can be viewed below.