NORTH BROOKFIELD — A suspect in a home invasion was held on $10,000 bail after being arraigned in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield on Friday.
Police said Seth Decoteau, 36, of 14 Evergreen St., North Brookfield, whose occupation is listed as lettuce farmer, will face 14 firearms-related charges in addition to charges of armed home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, operating under the influence of alcohol and other charges.
Mr. Decoteau allegedly went to a home on Ward Street at around 2:45 a.m. Friday and assaulted a man inside, police said. Mr. Decoteau was forced out of the home and began yelling at a woman inside. He pointed a handgun through the door at the woman and 911 was called, police said.
When officers arrived, Mr. Decoteau was gone, but witnesses said he'd left in a green pickup, which police, who had come from Hardwick, Brookfield, East Brookfield and West Brookfield to assist, spotted on Evergreen Street. The truck was stopped after Mr. Decoteau allegedly backed onto a lawn then sped off, police wrote.
An open bottle of whiskey was found in the truck, police wrote.
Witnesses told police that Mr. Decoteau came in through an unlocked door and that he launched an unprovoked attack on a man inside while four women screamed until he released the man, court documents state. Police said the victims "formerly" knew Mr. Decoteau.
After arresting Mr. Decoteau, who police say was driving with a blood alcohol level of .13, more than the legal limit of .08, state, local and Environmental Police searched his home and found illegal weapons. Several firearms, along with ammunition and a homemade assault rifle silencer, were seized, police said.
Mr. Decoteau told police he'd met some women at a nearby bar and went to the home on Ward Street to use cocaine and have sex with them, court documents say.
He is due back in court July 5.