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Post : Methuen man wanted on dog theft, drug and gun charges arrested after tense standoff
URL : http://whdh.com/news/methuen-man-wanted-on-dog-theft-drug-and-gun-charges-arrested-after-tense-standoff/
Posted : June 13, 2018 at 9:37 pm
Author : Christopher Parish
Categories : News

A man wanted for stealing a dog in Nashua, New Hampshire was arrested in Methuen Wednesday after barricading himself inside a home, police said.

A SWAT team was called to College Lane around 7:30 a.m. after Steve O'Neal, 38, retreated into an attic when officers attempted to execute an arrest warrant on breaking and entering, drug, and gun charges, Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon told 7News.

O'Neil was arrested without incident about an hour later. Solomon said he was found hiding inside an end table in a bedroom.

There were no reported injuries and Solomon said O'Neil had recently struggled with mental health issues and has been linked to a recent break-in at a convenience store in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Solomon confirmed that O'Neil is the suspect involved in the theft of a dog from a Walgreen's in Nashua, New Hampshire ( https://whdh.com/news/after-dog-goes-missing-in-nh-mysterious-call-leads-owner-back-to-beloved-pet/ ) Sunday. He said the victim tracked O'Neil down by searching for him on Facebook.

"The dog owner said she tracked him through Facebook," Solomon said with a smile, adding, "She's quite the detective."

The dog's owner, Lily Martinez, told 7News she received a call about 36 hours later telling her the dog was at the College Lane address, where she was reunited with her pet.

"If I didn't put that picture on Facebook like I did...I don't think they'd have him right now," Martinez said.

Prior to the arrest, heavily armed police officers could be seen surrounding the home and taking cover behind tactical vehicles.

O'Neil is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Methuen District Court.

> Cuffed and in custody steven O'Neil is under arrest in Methuen and headed to court #7News ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) pic.twitter.com/E60XDpQnMm ( https://t.co/E60XDpQnMm )
> β€” Steve Cooper (@scooperon7) June 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/scooperon7/status/1006886005620793344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> #UPDATE ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/UPDATE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) Subject in custody by @NEMLEC ( https://twitter.com/NEMLEC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) SWAT. Everyone is safe. pic.twitter.com/WDm2XHIl7o ( https://t.co/WDm2XHIl7o )
> β€” Joseph E. Solomon πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (@ChiefSolomon) June 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/ChiefSolomon/status/1006876980153933824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> Sources: barricaded suspect on College Lane in Methuen is wanted on several outstanding warrants #7News ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) pic.twitter.com/PocVE0DQrL ( https://t.co/PocVE0DQrL )
> β€” Steve Cooper (@scooperon7) June 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/scooperon7/status/1006871833428283392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> Barricaded suspect in metheun is steven O'Neil...police: he's the same guy who stole woman's dog from Nashua #7News ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) pic.twitter.com/pWy5lElo5q ( https://t.co/pWy5lElo5q )
> β€” Steve Cooper (@scooperon7) June 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/scooperon7/status/1006874038415908864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> NEMLEC swat team assisting Methuen police with suspect being served warrant hiding in attic #7News ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) pic.twitter.com/eTR5zBid9Y ( https://t.co/eTR5zBid9Y )
> β€” Steve Cooper (@scooperon7) June 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/scooperon7/status/1006865014324695041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

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