Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A Cambridge man in his 40s who had reportedly pulled a weapon on his health care worker and barricaded himself inside his apartment was taken safely into custody by officers and taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation Saturday, police said.

The health care worker was reportedly at the man’s large, multi-unit residential building on the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square to provide him with medication. The resident became upset, demanded money from the health care worker and pulled a weapon on her, police said. The health care worker ran out of the apartment and called 911.

Police officers, Pro EMS and the local Community Behavioral Health Center were notified by Cambridge Emergency Communications. Before the arrival of a clinician from CBHC, police crisis negotiators “were able to establish a dialogue with the barricaded male while in the apartment building’s hallway and successfully talk him into exiting his apartment,” said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for Cambridge police.

The man was taken to a local hospital under a state law that enables emergency restraint and hospitalization of people posing risk of serious harm by reason of mental illness. He had three warrants for his arrest, which included breaking and entering at nighttime, malicious destruction of property and criminal harassment, Warnick said.

The victim initially believed the man’s weapon to be a knife. It was later confirmed to be a hex tool, Warnick said.


This post was updated Feb. 27 to correct a reference to a gun in the headline and add information about the type of weapon.