By Lisa Redmond
AYER -- A 27-year-old Townsend man who was "out of control'' Tuesday afternoon when he allegedly assaulted his pregnant wife and barricaded himself in his home -- triggering a SWAT team response -- was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail.
In Ayer District Court on Wednesday, Judge Catherine Byrne ordered Trevor M. Bowers, of 79 Main St., held on bail pending a mental-health evaluation on Thursday after Bowers pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Defense attorney Jamie Yoon asked that Bowers be released on personal recognizance telling the judge that Bowers had stopped taking the dozen medications he needs to manage his serious mental-health issues related to post traumatic stress disorder.
But Byrne ordered Bowers held overnight on cash bail for his own safety. She ordered that he be brought back into court on Thursday where the court doctor can do a mental-health evaluation to see if treatment is necessary.
Miller explained the criminal charges stem from an incident Wednesday afternoon when Townsend police responded to the 79 Main St. address. Bowers' wife met police outside telling them that her husband was "out of control, suicidal and homicidal,'' Miller said.
The victim said Bowers had pushed her up against a refrigerator and continued to make threats that he would harm her and himself, Miller said.
At one point, Bowers allegedly used a hockey stick to smash all the windows of his wife's car.
Although Bowers has no prior record, Miller said police were concerned due to his mental-health issues. Townsend police called in a SWAT team and officers from Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg and Lincoln when Bowers allegedly barricaded himself inside his home.
The standoff with police lasted for about an hour when Bowers was arrested. No one was injured during the incident.
Bowers' wife sought a temporary restraining order after the incident, but let it lapse at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Yoon told the judge that Bowers' wife wants her husband home and taking his medications.
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