Boston Herald

FBI offers reward for info on alleged killer

Andrew Dabbs allegedly shot girlfriend in 1981

- By Marie szaniszlo

On Oct. 10, 1981, Andrew Peter Dabbs was driving his girlfriend, Robin Shea, through Norton when he allegedly shot her in the chest with a .45-caliber revolver and threw her body out of the car.

She was later found by a passing driver on Route 123, according to authoritie­s.

Now, 40 years later, the FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for informatio­n leading to the location, arrest and prosecutio­n of Dabbs, who is wanted in connection with the 1981 killing.

“He’s out there somewhere,” said Shea’s sister, Joyce Carter. “Maybe he’s dead. … And if he isn’t dead — if he’s alive — he needs to pay for what he did.”

On Nov. 3, 1981, Dabbs, also known as Peter Dabbs, was indicted for murder by a Bristol County grand jury, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest, the FBI said. On Sept. 20, 1982, a federal arrest warrant also was issued for Dabbs by a U.S. magistrate in Massachuse­tts after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecutio­n.

“We’re doing everything we can to bring him to justice and provide some much-needed closure to Robin’s family, who has already endured enough heartache,” said Joseph Bonavolont­a, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Dabbs is Black with brown eyes and would now be 78 years old. At the time of the killing, he weighed about 180 pounds and was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He had a mole on the right side of his nose, a scar on his arm and skin grafts on his leg from a burn.

Dabbs was an auto mechanic, was known to use drugs and is believed to be armed and dangerous, the FBI said. His last known address was in Derry, N.H., but he also has ties to Massachuse­tts, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvan­ia.

Anyone with informatio­n should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-2255324). Tips also can be submitted at

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