UPDATE: Methuen Police, SWAT team end standoff, apprehend man

METHUEN — Police have apprehended the man who barricaded himself in a Methuen home Wednesday morning.

Methuen Police went to a College Lane home to serve an arrest warrant for Steven O’Neil, 38, police sources said. O’Neil was wanted for breaking and entering in Seabrook, N.H., that happened Tuesday night, police said. 

O’Neil was hiding inside an end table at the College Lane home when SWAT team took him into custody, according to Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon. The man had barricaded himself in the attic and refused to respond to police officers attempting to serve him the warrant, Solomon said. 

The man was wanted in Nashua, New Hampshire, for stealing a dog there over the weekend, Solomon said. The dog’s owner found him through Facebook and went to the College Lane home yesterday to retrieve her dog, according to Solomon. Officers tried to serve the warrant at that time were unable to because he was not home, Solomon said.

Methuen officers also got a call from Seabrook police overnight regarding a breaking and entering of a convenience store, believed to involve the same suspect. When officers went to the College Lane house Wednesday morning to serve that warrant, the man barricaded himself in the home.

Solomon said at no point during the incident the suspect engage verbally with police. Officers thought they saw a barrel or tube poking at them from the attic door, making them fear the man had a gun, and exited the home to await a SWAT team. 

No one was injured in the incident. At least two people were evacuated from the home, and six homes in the neighborhood were evacuated.


Joseph Solomon

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon addresses the press following the arrest of a suspect who barricaded himself in a Methuen home early Wednesday morning. 

Officers found at least one gun in the home, but not near O’Neil, police said. Solomon said there are three additional outstanding warrants on the man, whose family told police he has mental health issues.

Solomon said they would take him for an evaluation, and eventually arraign him on charges in Lawrence District Court.


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