Assault Suspect Found Hiding In His Mother's Closet, Arrested

TAUNTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man with warrants out for both domestic assault and firearms charges was arrested after he was found hiding in a closet at his mother's house, Massachusetts State Police said Thursday.

The 30-year-old suspect is not being identified by police due to a law meant to shield the identities of victims of domestic violence by not naming their alleged abusers.

State Police said they stopped the suspect's car in Fall River on March 24 and found ammunition inside. He was due to make an appearance in court on May 13 to face charges related to unlawful gun possession, driving with a suspended license, and lying to police—as well as committing firearms violations with three prior violent or drug-related crimes—but he did not show, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police did not say what those previous violent or drug-related crimes were.

The second warrant was issued on May 21 after troopers responded to a domestic violence call to find the suspect's girlfriend bleeding after he allegedly punched her in the mouth, knocking out a tooth. They said he would not let her leave the home, and assaulted her when she tried to end their relationship.

The man faces domestic assault and battery, aggravated assault and battery, and kidnapping charges in that incident.

Fall River, Taunton, and State Police, along with the US Marshals Service, searched for him for the following week, finding him hiding at his mother's house Wednesday.

He racked up one more charge of witness intimidation when he phoned the woman he assaulted during his booking, telling her she "better say she fell down" to explain her injuries.

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