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Waltham Police Chief's Arrest: Roundup of the Case

Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix is scheduled for a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday, June 20.

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. 

For full coverage of the arrest of Thomas LaCroix, stay tuned to Waltham Patch for continuing coverage of the case. 

charliemingus June 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Sad. Very sad. I feel for him and his family. It is also frightening that this unstable man was running our police department.
Local Boy June 17, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Good luck Tommy.
NoNameRequired June 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Nicest guy in the world. Shock to everyone that knows him. something had gone wrong. I hope he gets help.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I agree with his niceness. I have met him once, and he is quiet, polite, friendly.
Supporter June 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
One of the nicest guys I know..I really hope he gets the help he needs and can continue on with his life. I am sad for him & his family..God will help do whats right for him..As far as him being unstable to run our police department that is so untrue. I believe the stress has alot to do with this..No of this sounds like the Tom I know and so many other people...
B.Mac June 28, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Everyone has to pay when they commit crimes and some even pay when they dont commit crimes. He should be treated no differently in that arena.. With respect to his office...he should be with other people just like him who abused there positions of power. Domestic violence is SERIOUS. No matter who perpetrates the offense. Is still a crime and that's the bottom line. No Man should be above that law!
B.Mac June 28, 2012 at 05:28 AM
WOW ...You meet a guy one time Never been to his house. Never nothing and all of a sudden your a supporter..It dont take much to win you over. But then again thatas how men like this operate.. They win everyone else over and when they get home they are tyrants to the ones who stand by them ..ruling with an iron fist. This is America..Not a third world country..Why are we still so far back.When it comes to treating the ones we love like they are valued?

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