Waltham Police Chief's Arrest: Roundup of the Case
Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix is scheduled for a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday, June 20.
Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix remains held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing after allegedly hurting his wife during a dispute at his Maynard home this week, officials said.
More details will likely emerge at his Tuesday, June 20, hearing, but in the meantime, here is a roundup of Friday’s events, according to authorities:
- The first report of LaCroix’s arrest emerged in the Boston Herald on the morning of Friday, June 15.
- LaCroix is charged with two counts of assault and a battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, assault, threats, and witness intimidation, according to the Middlesex County District’s Attorney’s Office.
- During his arraignment hearing, a judge ordered LaCroix held without bail pending the Tuesday hearing, according to pool reports. The arraignment was held at LaCroix’s hospital bed at Emerson Hospital in Concord where he was taken for evaluation.
- LaCroix’s attorney, Peter Bella, said LaCroix was taken there after his arrest to evaluate stomach and stress issues. Bella said his client was not suicidal, but had previously expressed such thoughts.
- LaCroix was arrested on Thursday, June 14, stemming from two separate incidents on Tuesday, June 12. According to the DA’s office, LaCroix had a dispute with his wife at their Maynard home, and his wife fled to a friend’s home. Then the pair returned to the chief’s house where another dispute ensued. LaCroix’s wife was injured during the incident.
- LaCroix has been placed on leave and his police equipment and department-issued firearm have been taken from him, according to Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy.
- Deputy Chief Keith MacPherson has been named the acting chief of the police department.
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