Whitman Police Chief Scott Benton issued an update via Twitter and Facebook Friday morning in regard to the department’s request for help identifying the male subject who entered the Holy Ghost Church and Cardinal Spellman Center on Tuesday evening with a baseball bat.
“The Whitman Police arrested the suspect at approximately 9:45 a.m.,” Benton wrote. “The suspect is identified as Michael P. Thomann, 50 years old, living on Washington Street in Whitman. A news reporter from NECN who was doing a live shot in front of the Holy Ghost Church called our department to say that a man fitting the description just came out of the church. Cruisers responded and were able to intercept the male party while was walking down the sidewalk and placed him under arrest.”
Thomann was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, malicious damage to a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct. He was transported to Brockton District Court where he was to be arraigned on the charges.
“I want to thank the news media as well as all those who shared our post to help us identify the suspect,” Benton said.