July 15 2019

Prior History of Defendant Prompted SWAT Team Use for Warrant Arrest in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Police Department called in a SWAT team to conduct a warrant arrest out of an abundance of caution on Monday morning. 


Chief Michael Kent told BNEWS that at 9:35 a.m. Burlington Police and the NEMLEC SWAT Team arrested Patrick Litchfield, 27, of Lowell on two outstanding warrants. One warrant was a probation violation and the other was for malicious destruction. 


Chief Kent said the department received a tip that Litchfield was possibly staying at an Evergeen Avenue residence and may have access to a weapon. Due to prior history police leadership decided not to take any chances of creating a situation that could pose a danger to officers or the public and engaged the SWAT team. 


“He has a past history of weapons charges,” Chief Kent said. “Because of the past charges, his past history and the tip it was decided the SWAT team would be the better avenue to affect this warrant.”


Litchfield was arrested without incident, booked at the Burlington Police Department and transported to court. No weapons were found in his possession.  


According to Police Department logs, Litchfield was arrested in Burlington on November 23, 2018 on charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, posessing ammunition without an FID card, carrying a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer. The arrest was made after his parents reported him for intoxication and requested assistance from police.


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