Whitman Police have issued an arrest warrant for Kevin MacAleese, 53, of Braintree. He is wanted for threatening to commit a crime stemming from a domestic violence-related incident in Whitman late last year. An arrest has not yet been made as of Tuesday, Jan. 15.
A police report in Brockton District Court records said that on Dec. 13, 2018, Whitman police were dispatched to a Jenkins Avenue address at approximately 10:30 p.m. for a report of a male party, later identified as MacAleese, en route threatening to assault a woman and her husband.
The documents report that the alleged victim and MacAleese had known each other since childhood and were involved in a dating relationship beginning about 18-months ago, although both had later returned to their spouses.
The alleged victim met police outside her residence, while still on the phone with MacAleese. The police report said that the responding officer heard MacAleese make several threats over the phone, including to “beat-up” the woman’s husband.
The alleged victim then said to MacAleese that she was going to call police, which MacAleese allegedly did not realize had already occurred.
MacAleese replied “go ahead.” The phone call was interrupted, according to the report, but MacAleese called back, saying to “go ahead; call the police,” and “I’m not afraid (of the police); I don’t care if they shoot me. I have nothing to lose.”
According to the report, the officer inferred a possible “suicide-by-cop” situation from the nature of the comments, in which a suicidal individual acts threatening in an attempt to be shot by police.
When MacAleese arrived at the Jenkins Street address, he passed by, but his vehicle fit the description provided by the alleged victim, said the report.
MacAleese briefly attempted to drive away at a high rate of speed, wrote the officer, but he eventually stopped and cooperated with police after being pulled-over several blocks away.
Although he was traveling at approximately 50 mph in a residential neighborhood when stopped, and court documents report police detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his vehicle, there is no indication in the report whether police addressed either.
While this was occurring, the alleged victim was speaking to another Whitman police officer, whom she told that MacAleese was driving over to her house to “kill her” and “bury her.”
MacAleese was handcuffed, placed in a police cruiser and later sent to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital for further evaluation because of the homicidal and suicidal statements he made, said the report.
The report indicates that MacAleese admitted to making unspecified threats, but that he “would never hurt her [the victim].”
MacAleese was later served with an emergency restraining order at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital ordering him to stay away from the alleged victim, her home, workplace and another Braintree location.
The alleged victim is not MacAleese’s spouse. Other news outlets have identified his spouse as Karen MacAleese, who is listed as a Braintree Interim Deputy Police Chief, according to the Braintree Police website.
The Cape and Islands district attorney’s office will investigate the case once MacAleese is apprehended or turns himself in. The Express made several unsuccessful attempts to contact a spokesperson for that office.