Police in violent struggle on Wiley Street

Apr 13, 2018 by

Published in the April 13, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — A 50-year-old Beverly man will be summoned to court after a violent confrontation with police yesterday on Wiley Street.

Police went to a home there around 4:10 p.m. after a report that the suspect had threatened a neighbor while holding a hammer, which he may have used to hit himself with as well. The man was found in the backyard of the residence. He was told to keep his hands up in the air, which he did not do. He repeatedly failed to comply with police commands, officials explained, and shouted at them while doing so.

At some point, the suspect walked over to a fence and pulled some sort of light pole from the ground. Police said he then held it like a baseball bat, in an aggressive manner. Several officers moved in to subdue the suspect, who put up a violent struggle, at one point biting an officer in the leg.

He was eventually placed in custody. He was taken to an area hospital with a head injury police say he suffered on his own.

He will be charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, wanton destruction of property causing over $250 damage, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct.

The Daily Item does not publish the names of people police say they plan to summonse to court.

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A man who reportedly passed out on Old Nahant Road was taken to an area hospital yesterday around 8:35 a.m.

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A youngster was taken to Children’s Hospital sometime after 10:20 a.m. after reportedly hitting his head and enduring a possible seizure on Wave Avenue.

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State Police investigated a motor vehicle accident at the Route 129 rotary around 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

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At 1:05 p.m. yesterday police were told of two fishermen on the Sylvan Avenue side of Crystal Lake. Police were unable to locate them.

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A woman who was having a seizure in a motor vehicle parked in an Avon Street driveway was taken to Lahey Burlington around 2:50 p.m.

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Police were told yesterday around 3:25 p.m. that someone was driving a vehicle on Farm Street with youths on the roof, and that a second car was in the same area from which trash was being thrown.

Police located both drivers, spoke to them and sent them on their way.

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Police investigated a motor vehicle accident on Salem Street around 5:10 p.m. yesterday.

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A motor vehicle was disabled along a section of North Avenue around 5:20 yesterday afternoon. AAA was notified.

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A citizen reported striking a cat on Chestnut Street around 5:35 p.m. yesterday.

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Loud music coming from an apartment on Richardson Street around 10:30 last night was turned down.

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This morning, police searched for and found a black Labrador retriever reported lost by a Converse Street resident around 6:10. The dog was located at the intersection of Main Street and Yale Avenue.

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