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Townsend resident charged with attempted murder, held without bail


By Chris Lisinski

TOWNSEND – A Townsend man was arrested Saturday morning and charged with attempted murder and several assault charges in a domestic-violence incident against his girlfriend, police said.

Just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning on Meadow Road, Christopher J. Irwin, 31, became involved in an altercation with his girlfriend, said Townsend Police Chief Robert Eaton. Irwin allegedly slammed the woman against a wall, threw a glass cookware pan at her and attempted to strangle her with his hands.

The woman’s parents called police from a separate location, Eaton said, and Irwin was arrested at 5:59 a.m. The woman was not hit by the pan and did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Eaton said. She is now in a “safe location” along with her and Irwin’s child.

Eaton said bail was set at $290, an amount that Irwin had in his possession, and he was released around noon that day. Police implemented an emergency restraining order to keep Irwin away from the victim.

Irwin was arraigned in Ayer District Court on Monday on charges of attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a household or family member, and strangulation, according to the court clerk. The court did not have information on how Irwin pled. Following his arraignment, he was held without bail.

He will next appear in court on Friday for a detention hearing.

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