HAVERHILL — Police issued a request to area departments last night for a negotiator to help resolve what could have been a deadly standoff at a local hotel, but the suspect was arrested after he locked himself out of his room.

"We got a call from Tewksbury (police) that they were looking for this person, that he either wanted to kill himself or have a police officer kill him," Haverhill police Lt. William Leeman said early today.

But the man who said he wanted to be dead by night's end accidentally locked himself out of his room at Comfort Suites Haverhill on Bank Road, enabling police to arrest him and a woman companion peacefully, Leeman said.

Police continued to interrogate the two early today.

William Nasta, 30, believed to be from the Lowell area, was charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a stolen firearm. Other charges were expected.

Also arrested was Catherine Paquette, 25, whose car was used in the incident.

The two were to be arraigned in Haverhill District Court later today.

A police bulletin was broadcast to several area departments about an armed man driving around in a car threatening to kill himself. The incident occurred over the course of several hours, ending late last night.

Leeman said Haverhill detectives and officers swooped in on the hotel late last night after Tewksbury police reported a cell phone reading came in on Bank Road. Bank Road is off River Street.

"Fortunately, he locked himself out of his room," Leeman said.

"(Detective) Carl Rogers was able to confront the suspect in the hallway and made the arrest. He had a .357 magnum and a box of ammo, (both) stolen out of Lowell from his father, back in the hotel room," Leeman said.

Paquette was arrested by Detective Gary Melanson after she had gone to get another set of keys.

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