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New Bedford man tazed after allegedly breaking into home, drinking beer inside closed, broken into business



A New Bedford man is being accused of breaking into a home and a business within minutes of each other on Tuesday.

According to Lieutenant Benjamin A. Levesque, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Freetown Police Department responded to a burglar alarm activation at the Freetown VFW Post on Middleboro Rd.

Upon arrival, Sergeant Thomas Long, along with Patrolmen Phillip Pine and Kory Kubik, discovered an individual inside the closed establishment. The male, later identified as 38-year-old Brandon Gomes of New Bedford, was found wandering inside the bar, consuming beer from a bottle. As it became evident that Gomes was not lawfully present, he was taken into custody following a brief struggle, during which a Taser was utilized.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., the police department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a breaking and entering at a residence on Braley Road, which occurred several minutes earlier. An investigation by the responding officers linked Gomes to this break-in as well.

Upon being brought to the police station for processing, Gomes continued his disruptive behavior, causing damage to the department’s detainee holding area.

Gomes is scheduled to appear for arraignment at Fall River District Court on Wednesday, facing several charges, including B&E Daytime for a Felony, Larceny from a Building, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Malicious Destruction of Property under $1200.

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