Mattapoisett Police apprehend suspect following search

Oct 30, 2018

MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett Police apprehended one suspect after a tense, hours-long search Tuesday night for a man who reportedly was threatening to harm himself and others, including police. 

At approximately 6:05 p.m., on Oct. 30 there was a report of an assault involving the man in which he made the threatening statements. The male suspect did have access to a gun and then reportedly left his home  to a nearby wooded area. 

Residents in the area of Crystal Spring Road and Acushnet Road were notified via phone to stay inside, lock their doors and notify the police of any suspicious activity. 

Massachusetts State Police say they were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with an Air Wing helicopter assisting in the search.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team was also on scene to assist in the search.

During the search, nervous residents took to Facebook to describe what they were seeing and hearing during the shelter-in-place order from police. 

“All locked up here,” said a commenter around 11:00 p.m. “Chopper is still circling overhead.”

Some residents speculated that the man could have been a hunter, but others quickly chimed in to suggest that it would be odd for hunters to be out late at night. 

One commenter worried that it was just a misunderstood Halloween costume that the police were pursuing.

The incident also brought to mind a similar situation that occurred on Sept. 29 in Mattapoisett near the Fairhaven town line. Then, residents were also asked to remain indoors following reports that a man left his home carrying a firearm. 

“Crazy stuff,” added one commenter, a longtime Mattapoisett resident, on Tuesday night. “These last two incidents are the only ones I remember.”

At 11:30 p.m., Police Chief Mary Lyons said that the suspect, whose name has not been released, was in custody. He was scheduled to be arraigned at the Wareham District Court on Oct. 31.