SALEM, N.H. — A 30-year-old Massachusetts man who is a person of interest in a recent Haverhill shooting was arrested Sunday afternoon when officers used a battering ram to break down the door of his motel room after an hours-long standoff with authorities, according to the town’s deputy police chief.
Joseph Haynes, whose last known address was in Tewksbury, will be charged with one count of being a fugitive from justice, Salem police said in a statement.
A Salem police officer located a stolen car at 9:47 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Park View Inn on South Broadway, according to the statement.
The car, which had been reported stolen in Florida in November, was also involved in a long high-speed chase in Massachusetts.
Haynes was wanted in Florida for assault and battery on a police officer and in Illinois for a probation violation, Deputy Chief Robert Morin said in a phone interview Sunday evening.
As police investigated the discovery of the car, they learned Haynes had a warrant out for his arrest in Broward County, Fla., and was a person of interest in the Haverhill shooting earlier this month. Police obtained a photograph of Haynes and thenlearnedhe was staying at the Park View Inn with a woman and possibly young children.
The incident then escalated.
Police made contact with Haynes, according to the statement, but he allegedly refused to identify himself, leave the room, or confirm if other people were present.
“After several failed attempts to have the male leave the room and due to the seriousness of his alleged crimes, the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit was activated,” police said in the statement.
After about four hours of discussion with crisis negotiators, Morin said, officers “just popped the doors off the hinges” with a battering ram attached to the front of an armored vehicle.
Haynes then surrendered and was arrested at approximately 2:30 p.m.
A 26-year-old woman, Amanda Bezik, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., was in the room and was arrested, Morin said. She will be charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, he said.
No one was injured, according to the police statement, and no children were found in the room.
Salem police were assisted by Massachusetts State Police, Haverhill police, and Southern New Hampshire’s special operations unit.
By late afternoon Sunday, the scene was quiet as the sun set behind tall trees surrounding the hotel.
A guest at the Pine View Inn, Ryan Hanna, 37, said he was walking back to the motel from a nearby gas station when he saw police cars and officers with guns.
“I was pretty nervous,” he said late Sunday afternoon in front of the hotel as a few snowflakes fell.“I was like, ‘What is going on over there?’ ”
Hanna said he was not certain what had happened but he lauded police for being tactical and taking time to resolve the situation.
“They worked very hard; they took a lot of hours to take care of that, and it was not easy to achieve their goal,” he said.
Once the man was in custody, Hanna said, he saw a police officer carrying a bag that appeared to be heavy.
A man in the hotel’s reception lobby said he did not know what had happened and the hotel had no comment on the situation.
Hanna said theincident took much of the day.
“It’s a tricky game,” he said.Alejandro Serrano
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