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“Peace Wasn’t Attained”
by Staff | Jun 29, 2012 2:22 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes, Fair Haven
Despite a social worker’s best efforts, a family meeting turned sour in a home on Shelter Street. Then the machete came out.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At about 4 p.m., Officer Newton Anderson responded to a report of a domestic dispute on Shelter Street in Fair Haven. A 17-year-old girl had called the cops to report that her stepfather had threatened her mom with a machete. Police arrived to find everyone outside of the house. They determined that during a family meeting with a social worker, the 22-year-old stepfather “felt he’d been disrespected” by the 17-year-old girl’s boyfriend, who’s also 17.
“Tensions heated to a boiling point,” Hartman wrote. The man held the 17-year-old boyfriend “down on a bed after a struggle.” The man then got a machete and “waved it about, recklessly.”
“All of this commotion was taking place as a social worker, present for a family meeting, was trying to reconcile peace,” Hartman said. “Peace wasn’t attained.”
Police recovered the machete and arrested the 22-year-old on charges of possessing a dangerous weapon, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint and breach of peace. The 17-year-old girl who had first called the cops was arrest on a charge of breach of peace.
In other police news, according to Hartman, cops investigated three separate reports of gunfire overnight Thursday. They found no evidence of any of the reported incidents.