By Katina Caraganis


TOWNSEND -- A SWAT team of officers from local police departments swarmed a house at 79 Main St. on Tuesday afternoon after a man allegedly assaulted his wife and then barricaded himself in the home, police said.

Police Lt. David Profit said he couldn't release the suspect's full name but said he was arrested about an hour after police were called to the house.

Profit said he would likely be arraigned on domestic assault and battery charges as early as Wednesday in Ayer District Court, but it appeared he may have some other outstanding issues that needed to be addressed before he is formally arraigned.

It's unclear what prompted the argument or why the suspect refused to come out, Profit said, but no injuries were reported.

An ambulance from the Townsend Fire Department responded to the scene to check the victim out, but he said it was done as a precaution more than anything else.

He said the initial call came in as a medical just before 4 p.m., and the victim said she was concerned the man might do something to harm himself.

"Everybody is in great shape, thankfully," he said.

Neighbors living at 81 Main St. said Tuesday the couple, who they believed have two or three children, one of which is a baby, had lived in the home only for a month or two.

"They seemed nice enough. Obviously none of us know them very well because they haven't lived here that long," Nicole Newcombe, who lives next door, said as officers remained on scene until after 5 p.


m. Tuesday.

Newcombe said she saw officers from Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg and Lincoln on scene at one point during the standoff, which lasted about an hour.

She said that officers urged everyone at 81 Main St. to stay in their apartments until the standoff was over, but Newcombe said many of the residents watched the scene unfold from their windows.

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