Police: Wareham man attacked first responders, tried driving off in van full of kids

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

Theodore Lopes, 35, of West Wareham, was arraigned Monday in Wareham District Court on charges including breaking and entering, attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, interfering with a firefighter, assault and battery on ambulance personnel, assault and battery on a firefighter, assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, false fire alarm and resisting arrest.

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.

Theodore Lopes (Courtesy Wareham Police Department)

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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