CLINTON – On Sunday, April 2, at about 11:07 a.m., Clinton police dispatch received a call from a woman on Birch Street who reported that her uncle, whom she had a restraining order against, was home in his apartment above hers.
According to the Narrative of Clinton Police Sergeant Edward Jeffrey, the woman recently extended a restraining order against her uncle, Paul Vincent Wood, who has an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and battery for physically abusing her. However, for months, Wood has managed to evade attempts by the police to serve him the warrant and the restraining order extension.
“Paul is [the victim’s] uncle and she has been the subject of domestic violence at his hands in the past,” wrote Sgt. Jeffrey in his Narrative. “The Clinton Police Department has made numerous attempts since March 10, 2023, to serve Mr. Wood the extension of the restraining order as well as an arrest warrant related to the same. All attempts have been unsuccessful as the defendant secluded himself and would not come to the door.”
According to Sgt. Jeffrey, when he responded to the woman’s home with Patrolman Albert Bedard and Christopher Willoughby, she was “visibly afraid, shaking and crying.”
The woman said her uncle had just come home and was upstairs.
“She provided a copy of a blink doorbell camera showing the defendant go upstairs to his apartment which is directly above hers,” explained Sgt. Jeffrey. “She further stated she had been home the entire time and was certain he was in his apartment.”
The officers went upstairs. Ptlm. Bebard knocked loudly on Wood’s apartment door for several minutes while announcing “police” with no response, Sgt. Jeffrey said.
“[Ptlm. Bedard] began knocking again announcing we had a warrant, would be entering the premises, and pleading with him to open up so we would not have to break the door. We continued to receive no response,” wrote Sgt. Jeffrey in his Narrative. “I authorized Ptlm. Bedard to enter. He attempted to use a card to coax the lock to open without damage but was unsuccessful. He then kicked the door causing it to open. We verbally announced our presence and entered the apartment and located Paul Wood in a bedroom.”
Wood was placed under arrest. According to Sgt. Jeffrey, officers allowed him to gather some belongings, but he refused to take his medications with him. He was transported to the Clinton Police Department without incident where he was held until court.
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