Chief James Dow
23 Pleasant Street
PO Box 154
Dunstable, MA 01827
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 19, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Dunstable Police Arrest Man Following Armed Home Invasion
DUNSTABLE — Chief James Dow reports that the Dunstable Police Department arrested a man on several charges stemming from an armed home invasion that occurred early Saturday morning.
A 24-year-old Boston man was transported to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation and faces the following charges:
- Breaking and Entering Into a Building in the Nighttime for a Felony
- Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250
- Assault With a Dangerous Weapon
- Armed Burglary
- Home Invasion
- Armed Assault in a Dwelling
On Saturday, June 17, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Dunstable Police were dispatched to a home on Thorndike Street for a report of a home invasion in progress. Two Dunstable officers responded to the home, along with two Tyngsborough officers, and learned from a preliminary investigation that the suspect had broken in after being dismissed from performing work at the home earlier in the night.
Officers encountered a man, later identified as the resident of the home, who appeared to have been involved in a physical altercation. The man told officers that the suspect kicked in the front door and assaulted him, leading to a fight inside the home during which the homeowner was sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance.
Witnesses told officers that the suspect had fled following the altercation, and he was located shortly afterward walking on Main Street with blood on his clothes and face. Officers took him into custody after locating him.
“I commend all of the officers involved for quickly and thoroughly investigating this home invasion and finding the person responsible,” Chief Dow said. “Their professionalism was essential for both maintaining order at the home and quickly capturing this suspect.”
Following his arrest, the man underwent a mental health evaluation and was later transported to and held at Bridgewater State Hospital for further examination.