Man wanted on assault, ammo charges found hiding in mom’s closet

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts State Police arrested a Taunton man wanted on outstanding warrants after they found him hiding inside of a closet at his mother’s house on Wednesday.

Police are only able to identify the suspect as a 30-year-old man. They can’t release his name because of a law passed several years ago prohibiting the release by police agencies of identities of domestic violence offenders in order to protect the victim’s identity.

Troopers said they found the man hiding inside of a bedroom closet in his mother’s Taunton home. The man was arrested on two warrants involving firearms charges and assault charges.

The first warrant was issued on May 13, according to police, when the suspect did not show up for a court appearance related to a traffic stop where police found a magazine containing 10 hollow point bullets. The second warrant was issued on May 21 after police said the man punched his girlfriend in the face and held her against her will as she tried to end the relationship.

While he was being booked Wednesday, police said he made a phone call to his ex-girlfriend, and a trooper overheard him tell her that she “better say she fell down.”

The suspect is facing several charges including unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a firearm, committing a firearm violation having committed three prior violent crimes or drug crimes, operating a motor vehicle after license suspension, giving false identification information to police and domestic assault intimidation of a witness.

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