North Brookfield man arrested in armed home invasion

Decoteau charged with numerous crimes

NORTH BROOKFIELD — A local man has been arrested on numerous charges after a reported armed home invasion late last week.

According to a press release issued by the North Brookfield Police Department, 36-year-old Seth Decoteau was arrested on Friday, June 8, following a harrowing encounter with the occupants of a Ward Street residence in the early morning hours. Police said they, along with officers from Brookfield, East Brookfield, Hardwick, and troopers from the Massachusetts State Police’s West Brookfield barracks and the State Police K-9 unit, responded to a report of the armed home invasion at approximately 2:43 a.m.

According to police, Decoteau entered the Ward Street home and assaulted a male resident before being “forced out of the house and locked out.” Decoteau then, police said, pointed a handgun at a female in the home through the door while yelling at her. Failing to re-enter the residence, Decoteau left the property and was soon located and arrested on nearby Evergreen Street, where he resides.

Later that day, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Lt. Ryan Daley and North Brookfield officers, assisted by Brookfield Police, K-9 units of the Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts Environmental Police, executed a search warrant at Decoteau’s Evergreen Street home. As a result of the search, police said, several firearms were seized along with ammunition and a home made assault rifle silencer. Decoteau was charged with 14 counts of firearms-related charges. He was arraigned at the East Brookfield District Court and, as of Wednesday morning, is currently being held at the Worcester County House of Correction. He is further charged with Armed Home Invasion, Assault And Battery Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing The Peace, OUI Alcohol, Negligent Operation and Leaving The Scene of a Property Damage Accident.


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