A Lowell man is facing charges after he stabbed a neighbor and then barricaded himself inside his apartment for a two-hour standoff with police during which he “demanded to be shot” by officers, authorities said.
Craig Monahan, 25, was taken into custody by SWAT team members at his apartment building on Walker Street, police said.
The incident began late Monday afternoon when a man on the second floor of the building called police to complain about loud music coming from the third floor, police said. Monahan, who lives on the third floor, went downstairs to find out who called the police, according to Lowell Police Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl.
“The suspect forced entry into the second-floor apartment looking for the person who called police,” she said. “He stabbed one male occupant in the hand, and then retreated back to his third-floor apartment.”
Monahan, who was armed with at least three knives, shouted vulgarities and threats to police as they surrounded the building, Friedl said. She said Monahan alluded to having a gun inside the apartment, though police saw him armed only with knives.
“Prior to the SWAT team’s arrival, the suspect exited the apartment with a knife in his hand and approached officers,” Friedl said. “An officer deployed a department-issued beanbag from a shotgun. The officer fired one round, and struck the suspect with the beanbag. He then retreated back into his apartment.”
Soon thereafter, the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team arrived and took full control of the situation, Friedl said. After negotiating with Monahan, the team took him into custody without further incident.
At his arraignment in Lowell District Court today, Monahan was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said. He is charged with armed assault in a dwelling, home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a dangerous weapon.