TEWKSBURY – Police Chief Ryan Columbus reports that the Tewksbury Police Department arrested a Lowell man who threatened people outside of a local motel with a box cutter.

JUSTIN MARYLAND, AGE 47, OF LOWELL, was arrested and charged with:

  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Threatening to Commit a Crime (Murder)
  • Disorderly Conduct

On Saturday, May 6, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Tewksbury Police received a report of a man yelling, waiving a box cutter around and threatening to kill people in the parking lot of a motel at 95 Main St.

The first responding officers quickly located that man, later identified as MARYLAND, and ordered him to stop. When MARYLAND did not comply, officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by keeping their distance and repeating their commands while aiming a department-issued Taser at MARYLAND.

MARYLAND eventually complied and was handcuffed. Officers located a box cutter in his jacket pocket. MARYLAND was taken into custody without further incident. 

“This was outstanding work to bring this man safely into custody by de-escalating this incident,” said Chief Columbus. “I’m grateful, due to the officers’ quick response and actions, that no one was hurt during this incident.”

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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