A Good Samaritan coupled with extreme restraint from responding police officers averted a tragedy Monday night after officers responded to 391 Crescent Ave on a report of a man attempting to kill his wife at approximately 8:40 p.m.
As officers arrived on scene they were met by a second floor tenant who told them that the 10 year old boy who lives on the third floor had just pleaded for help by banging on his door yelling, “My father is trying to kill me and my mother can you help me”.
The neighbor who police are not identifying ran to the victim’s apartment and attempted to intervene by pulling the male off of his wife. He told officers he had to flee as the subject grabbed a knife.
Officers immediately entered the hallway and were met by Joseph DeAngelo, 41, of Chelsea holding a knife and asking for officers to kill him.
After not responding to several commands to drop the knife, an officer deployed his department Taser on DeAngelo. A second discharge of the Taser was needed to restrain and place DeAngelo into custody.
Officers learned that DeAngelo earlier locked his son and wife in the apartment bedroom and threatened to burn them while they pleaded for their lives. Officers recovered an accelerant that was sprayed on the bedroom door and recovered other evidence inside the apartment used in the attack.
“This could have ended in tragedy,” said Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes. “The neighbor’s heroic actions and the police officers response to an extremely violent situation was the only reason this ended without serious injury”.
DeAngelo was arraigned Tuesday in Chelsea District Court and is facing several charges including; Attempted Murder, Home Invasion and Attempted Arson of a Dwelling.
Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or texting the word Chelsea and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right to the Police Department website at www.chelseapolice.com.