LEOMINSTER – On Sunday, May 21, at 10:30 p.m., Officer Tanner Jakola was dispatched to 16 Portland Street for a report of a possible domestic incident in progress.
“Upon arrival, I witnessed Brandon Miller at the end of the driveway,” wrote Officer Jakola in his Narrative for the incident. “Brandon pointed to his face and advised he was struck by his girlfriend, [name redacted]. It was apparent Brandon was intoxicated by means of an alcoholic beverage as he had slurred speech. I had Officer [Dominic] Rice stand by with Brandon while I spoke with the rest of the parties involved. Brandon declined medical attention multiple times when offered by Officer Rice.”
According to court records, Miller, 41, has 22 Oak Street in Templeton listed as his primary residential address, although he has been residing at 16 Portland Street.
Officer Jakola said that as he approached the residence, he saw Miller’s 40-year-old girlfriend standing outside with her 15-year-old son, a resident of 16 Portland Street, and Miller’s 13-year-old son.
“[Miller’s girlfriend] indicated that she was involved in the incident,” wrote Officer Jakola in his Narrative. “I separated [her], [she] stated the following summary of facts: Brandon and [his girlfriend] are both residents of the home. Brandon started to argue with [his girlfriend] and he was asked to leave. Brandon did not leave the property and [his girlfriend] could not tell me what they were arguing about.”
A short time later, Miller’s girlfriend’s son told Officer Jakola that after the argument, Miller’s girlfriend and the three aforementioned males left Miller alone in the residence for a little while. When they returned, the house was in complete disarray because Miller allegedly threw things about in their absence.
“Brandon eventually left for about an hour,” explained Officer Jakola in his Narrative. “When Brandon came back, the doors were locked and they did not let Brandon in due to his previous actions today of arguing and destroying the house. Brandon became upset and attempted to barge through the door while [his girlfriend], [his son], and [his girlfriend’s son] held the door from the other side.”
According to Officer Jakola, when he asked Miller’s girlfriend why she wouldn’t let Miller in, she said that “she did not want to subject her kids to any more of his arguing for the night.”
“[Miller’s girlfriend] advised that she was not hit by the door,” wrote Officer Jakola in his Narrative. “When Brandon realized he could not get in the front door, he ran to the back door and started to kick the door down. [Miller’s girlfriend’s son], [Miller’s son], and [the other male resident] were attempting to hold the door back.”
According to Miller’s girlfriend’s son, Brandon, “came charging through the door of the house,” sending the three of them flying as he barged in. He added that his mother went to the back of the house and slapped Miller because “…he came through the door like a psycho and her kids were nervous.” She then allegedly pushed her boyfriend out of the house and called the police.
Officer Jakola said he then spoke with Miller’s son who was “visibly upset and crying over the situation.” The boy explained that his father kicked in both doors, and although he helped hold them back, he was not hit by either door. This was in contrast to what Miller’s girlfriend’s son said.
Miller’s girlfriend’s son then showed Officer Jakola the damage done to the back door.
When Officer Jakola asked Miller’s girlfriend’s son if he was afraid of Miller, he said he was more concerned about Miller doing further damage to the house, adding that Miller has a tendency to get upset over “little things” and that he had been drinking that evening. When asked if Miller had ever hit him in the past, the boy said no.
“I spoke to [Miller’s girlfriend] and again asked her why they held the door when Brandon was breaking in. [She] stated that, to a certain extent, she was in fear because Brandon got to a point where she had never seen him before and did not know what he was going to do,” Officer Jakola wrote in his Narrative. “Based on everyone in the residence’s actions of holding two doors in order to not let Brandon back in the house, and [his girlfriend] slapping and pushing Brandon back out of the house when he did make entry, it was clear that all present were in fear of Brandon and his menacing conduct of making forced entry into two doors and barging into the home ‘Like a psycho.’”
Officer Jakola then spoke to Miller to get his side of the story. Miller started by saying that he left the residence after getting into a fight with his girlfriend.
“When he came back, Brandon kicked in the front door and pushed in the back door. Brandon did not believe anyone was holding the doors,” Officer Jakola rehashed in his Narrative. “When Brandon made entry through the back door, [his girlfriend] open-hand slapped him and pushed him out of the residence.”
Officer Jakola concluded that Miller was the dominant aggressor in the situation. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Leominster Police Station.
Miller was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (door), assault (type 2 – threat), and assault on a family/household member.
Officer Jakola said that Miller had an open assault and battery with a dangerous weapon case out of Concord District Court.
Miller’s bail was set at $2,500.
He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on May 22. On the day of his arraignment, the Commonwealth filed a motion to revoke release, which was allowed by the judge, Mark Noonan.
The conditions of release established by Judge Noonan were that Miller not abuse the witnesses, consume alcohol and submit to daily testing.
Miller is scheduled to have a pretrial hearing on June 22.
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