EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

April 2, 2013

Neighbors' dispute leads to one man's arrest

SALEM — A dispute between neighbors turned ugly Saturday after a man met police with profanities and arguments.

Salem police responded to 307 Main St. just before 10:30 Saturday morning after a resident of 307 Main St. said a neighbor had parked his car directly behind hers, preventing her from leaving.

It wasn’t the first time police had been called to the address for similar complaints, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

When police arrived, Keith Butzien, 27, answered the door, swearing at officers, Patten said.

Police told Butzien to move his car. They went to talk to the complainants while Butzien went to move the car.

The officers told the neighbors to call back if they had any further problems. When the officers were driving away, they saw Butzien in his apartment window, making obscene gestures in their direction and yelling something “unintelligible,” Patten said.

Just six minutes later, the neighbors called police again, saying Butzien had, once again, blocked their vehicle in with his. And, once again, officers were greeted by Butzien, described as “volatile, aggressive” and spewing profanities, Patten said.

“I know your name and number and I will see you on the street,” Butzien told one of the officers, Patten said.

At that point, police noticed a young c.hild, about 5 or 6 years old, in the rear of Butizen’s apartment. the child was crying.

Police told Butzien he was under arrest, news he didn’t take well, according to Patten. Butzien made “hostile actions” toward the officers and “actively resisted arrest,” Patten said.

He was taken into custody and an officer stayed with the child until someone could be found to care for him. Patten said he didn’t know whether it was Butzien’s child.

Butzien was charged with criminal threatening, two counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released on $500 cash bail.

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