Officer assault suspect captured at Norton hotel

Bridgewater police officer assault suspect

NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Bridgewater man accused of assaulting police officers while being placed under arrest last week has been captured after several days on the run.

According to Bridgewater and Norton police, Michael Lowden was taken into custody without incident Thursday at a hotel on South Washington Street in Norton.

Lowden, 20, was wanted by Bridgewater police for an incident at his Pleasant Street home on May 24. Police said Lowden became combative while being arrested and as he was being led down a flight of stairs, he allegedly dragged an officer down the stairs, injuring that officer.

Lowden was released on bail that night, according to police, and a warrant for his arrest was issued the following day when he failed to appear in court for his arraignment.

Police said a person who recognized Lowden’s face from news reports tipped them off to his location Thursday morning. The arresting officers seized 73.5 Xanax pills, 12.5 ounces of marijuana, drug packaging materials and approximately $2,100 cash from Lowden’s hotel room, according to police.

Bridgewater police are charging Lowden with six counts of assault and battery on a police officer, as well as single counts of assault and battery while attempting to disarm a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Norton police are also charging Lowden with possession of a class D drug with intent to distribute and possession of a class E drug with intent to distribute.

Lowden was arraigned Thursday morning in Brockton District Court and ordered held without bail.

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