Suspect tased and in custody after attempted shoplifting at Lowe’s

SALEM, MA (WHDH) - On Friday, Salem Police received a call from Lowe’s Home Improvement for a reported shoplifter.

Loss prevention said they watched a man conceal two sets of measuring tapes as well as two DeWalt 20v batteries in his jacket.  He then walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

Loss prevention stopped the man, walked with him back to their office and notified the Salem Police Department.

Upon arrival, Officer Michael Massahos spoke with the man and loss prevention.

Officer Massahos told him he was under arrest and he refused to comply, pulled his arms into his body, and began to thrash around.  He then continued to violently struggle and refused to submit to the arrest.

During the arrest Officer Massahos attempted to contact dispatch.

Radio calls indicated Officer Massahos required immediate assistance and several additional officers came to the scene.

Upon arrival, Officer Massahos had the subject in custody.

During the struggle, he deployed his taser on the man, which did not have the desired effect.  However, along with the assistance of loss prevention and Salem officers the man was taken into custody.

He was taken to the Salem Police Department and identified as Daniel V. McFarland, age 53, of Haverhill.

At the police department, McFarland continued to be aggressive and combative.

Ultimately, officers were able to process him on a count of robbery, 2 counts of resisting arrest/detention, and one count of simple assault.

McFarland was transported to the 10th Circuit Court District Division – Salem and arraigned.

He was held on $10,000 cash bail and a probable cause hearing will be scheduled.

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