WAREHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - A man facing multiple assault charges, including for biting a police officer’s finger and spitting on firefighters, after allegedly pulling a false fire alarm said he was “sorry for everything” at his arraignment in Wareham Monday
Firefighters and EMTs responding to the Union Pond Apartments on Gatehouse Drive at 7:40 a.m. for a fire alarm discovered the alarm had been falsely pulled, police said. When fire officials asked Lopes who allegedly pulled the alarm, who was outside, to be evaluated by EMTs, he allegedly ran away.
Lopes tried to enter the passenger side of a van that was parked and running with four children inside trying to stay warm while the fire alarm was being investigated, police said. The children’s mothers fought Lopes, who allegedly ran around the back of the van and got in the driver’s seat before firefighters and first responders wrestled him away while a father grabbed the keys.
Lopes continued to fight after being placed in leg irons and an officer used a stun gun on him, police said. Police later determined Lopes had entered an apartment after a woman and child opened the door because of the fire alarm.
Officers and emergency personnel suffered several injuries, including a bitten finger, police said.
Defense attorney Rob Galibois called Lopes’ alleged behavior a “complete aberration.” After posting bail, Lopes said he was “sorry for everything.”
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