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State Police Air Wing helps in capture of man wanted for domestic incident in Methuen

Methuen State Police made use of their Air Wing helicopter to locate Matthew Pinion, 41, who was allegedly involved in a domestic incident Thursday morning.
Methuen State Police made use of their Air Wing helicopter to locate Matthew Pinion, 41, who was allegedly involved in a domestic incident Thursday morning. (Methuen Police Department)

Massachusetts State Police used their Air Wing helicopter to help find a man who was involved in a domestic incident Thursday morning, according to State Police.

The suspect, Matthew Pinion, 41, who told police he is homeless, used his bicycle to flee from police, riding it in the area of Washington Street and Howe Street in Methuen, according to the Methuen Police Department.

Pinion’s ex-girlfriend, Kelsey Ohagan, 26, called 911 Wednesday around 9 a.m. and said Pinion pinned her down on her back porch and strangled her, Methuen police Sergeant Scott Lever said.

Police said Ohagan was “very uncooperative at the time” and did not want to release her ex-boyfriend’s name.

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Ohagan called 911 again Thursday at 9:59 a.m. to report that Pinion allegedly broke into her house with an old key, waking her up, and refused to leave her apartment.

Pinion eventually left on his bike, according to police.

Once Pinion took off, Methuen police deployed two K-9 officers. By 11:14 a.m., the Air Wing was on the scene.

The aerial search for Pinion ended after about an hour, when officers received a tip from a Methuen resident that allowed them to arrest Pinion at 12:28 p.m., Methuen police Sergeant Dan O’Connell said.

Pinion was found hiding in bushes a short distance from Ohagan’s apartment.

He was charged with domestic assault and battery, strangulation or suffocation, and breaking and entering in the daytime, police said.


Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon. Katie Camero can be reached katie.camero@globe.com.