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Freetown man faces sword-threat charge

A 911 call about a domestic dispute led to the arrest of a Freetown man who was charged with trafficking more than 100 grams of cocaine and attacking relatives with two samurai swords.

Police Chief Carlton Abbott Jr. said his department received the 911 call from Jastia April, 21, the stepdaughter of Robert W. Reynolds Jr., just after 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 1.

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When officer Christopher Medeiros arrived at the home at 2 Katlyn Drive, Reynolds’s wife, Stacie, 42, and her daughter were crying and told him that Reynolds, who was hiding in the bedroom, tried to strangle them, Abbott said.

The incident began when Reynolds became angry after waking up from a nap and tripping over a basket of toys, the police report said.

“We were told that after physically attacking the two women, he armed himself with a samurai sword and threw it — like a spear — at the stepdaughter, but missed,” Abbott said. “Then he armed himself with a second samurai sword and went on a rampage, smashing things in the living room.”

When Medeiros entered the bedroom, he used a Taser to subdue Reynolds — who was daring Medeiros to shoot him — then handcuffed him, Abbott said.

When another police officer, Sergeant Elton Ashley, was collecting evidence, he reported seeing what appeared to be cocaine under the bed.

“Between that and the stepdaughter saying both her mother and Reynolds have drug problems, a search warrant was obtained,” Abbott said. A shopping bag filled with “golf ball-size bags of cocaine,” scales, and other drug paraphernalia, and $1,316 in cash were found in the house, he said.

Two children, ages 3 and 9, were in the home at the time. The younger is April’s daughter, but Abbott said he did not know the 9-year-old’s identity. Both children were put into protective care with the state Department of Children and Families, Abbott said.

Reynolds’s wife and stepdaughter refused medical attention.

Abbott said there have been no prior domestic disturbance calls from Stacie Reynolds or anyone else in the single-level rental home.

Abbott said when Reynolds was asked what he did for a living, he said he “hustled drugs.”

Reynolds, 33, was charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, and cocaine trafficking.

At a dangerousness hearing on Friday, District Judge Joseph Macy found Reynolds to be a danger to society and ordered him held in Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth for at least 90 days. The status will be reviewed on May 8. A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for March 7.

Juliet Pennington can be reached at writeonjuliet@gmail.com.
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