EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 8, 2013

Domestic dispute call turns into fracas with police

By Bill Kirk
bkirk@eagletribine.com

---- — LAWRENCE — What started out as a police response to a domestic assault report in one apartment turned into a fight between three police officers and two men living in another apartment at 429 Howard St. Sunday night.

Daem Cardona, 48, and Jose Cardona, 46, both of 429 Howard St., #B, are now charged by police with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer. In addition, Jose Cardona is being charged with threatening to commit a crime.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at the address at about 10 p.m. When Patrolmen Charles Carroll III and Thomas Murphy first got there, they heard yelling coming from one of the apartments. They knocked on the door and were told to “f--- off.” The occupant of the apartment also said, “f--- the Lawrence police” after Carroll identified himself.

Eventually the man opened the door, but then police realized that the domestic call had come from one of the other apartments in the building, so they went to that apartment instead. There, they spoke with a man involved in the domestic dispute, found out that he and his wife had some sort of altercation, and determined that the man should stay elsewhere for the evening. He agreed and got ready to leave. Carroll went upstairs to check on the man’s wife and determined that she was not injured.

As he came downstairs, he heard his partner, Murphy, yelling, “get your hands off me.”

Carroll went out into the hallway and saw Murphy being pulled into another apartment by Daem and Jose Cardona. Murphy was being held back by Officer Charles Saindon, who had arrived as back-up and was now standing in the hallway, holding onto Murphy.

Saindon, in his report on the incident, said Daem and Jose Cardona, who were “visibly intoxicated,” had grabbed Murphy and had tried dragging him into their apartment. One of the men, Daem Cardona, “grabbed a hold of Officer Murphy’s duty belt and began pulling it.”

Saindon wrote that he and Murphy were able to pull Daem Cardona out of the apartment but that he continued being combative, swatting away the hand of a police officer at one point and coming toward them menacingly. Saindon wrote that he then “struck Daem Cardona in the face with a closed fist.” This stunned the man, at which time they were able to handcuff him. Saindon also had to pepper-spray the man twice.

As they brought him out to the cruiser, they were followed by Jose Cardona, who continued yelling expletives at police. He was ordered to go back in the house, but refused, so police arrested him as well. They continued to be uncooperative during the drive to the station, as well as during booking at the station, police said, making threatening comments.