Bat-wielding suspect reportedly breaks into Arlington home of off-duty officer


ARLINGTON, Mass. ( – A 31-year-old Arlington man was taken into police custody after he reportedly broke into the home of an off-duty officer who drew his service weapon and chased down the suspect.

Joseph A. Maloof is charged with breaking and entering, person in fear, home invasion, burglarious instrument, and possession for the reported home invasion that occurred around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the bat-wielding suspect broke into the East Arlington residence while the off-duty police officer was home. In fear for his safety, the officer drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to stop.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene, and a brief chase ensued before responding officers took Maloof into custody without injury.

Maloof is expected to appear in court Wednesday.