Multiple agencies search woods to make arrest

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WARREN — A domestic assault suspect allegedly turned violent toward local police and necessitated a large late-night search of the woods.

According to a report by the Warren Patrolman’s Association (WPA), the suspect was found after more than two hours of searching by officers from multiple law enforcement agencies and apprehended “after a brief struggle.” The identity of the suspect has not been released citing a Massachusetts law protecting the identities of victims of domestic violence.

At approximately 10:18 p.m. on Wednesday, officers in Warren were asked to be on the lookout for a male subject in connection with an alleged local domestic assault. About 30 minutes later, Officers Keith Nicholas and Alexander Sinni “located and made contact with the subject in West Warren in his vehicle in the area of Old West Warren Rd near Highland St.,” reports the WPA.

Officers reported the suspect “became resistant and assaultive,” and threatened he had a gun and attempted to strike police with blunt objects. The WPA affirmed the suspect did not have a firearm despite his claims to have one.

According to the WPA, the officers attempted to neutralize the suspect by deploying pepper spray and tasers, but these efforts had “little to no effect” as the suspect “punches and kicked” at police before fleeing into the woods.

With the suspect on the loose, police radioed for backup and established a perimeter, according to the WPA report. Backup arrived in the form of off-duty officers and the Chief of Police from the Warren Police Department, as well as officers from the Ware and West Brookfield Police Departments, and members of the Massachusetts State Police. K9 units were also deployed from the Ware Police Department and Massachusetts State Police.

A collaborative law enforcement force of 20 officers and three K9s patrolled the established perimeter for about two hours, the WPA reports, before a State Police K9 located the suspect. A “brief struggle” ensued before he was taken into custody, according to the WPA.

According to the WPA, custody was transferred to the Ware Police Department and the suspect will face additional charges by the Warren Police Department for two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, and trespassing.

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