Methuen Police Capture Domestic Violence Suspect After Helicopter, K-9 Search

Matthew Pinion attempted to hide in the woods to evade capture by Methuen Police Thursday. (Courtesy photograph)

Matthew Pinion hid in the woods in an attempt to evade capture by Methuen Police Thursday. (Courtesy photograph)

A man wanted in connection with two domestic violence incidents in Methuen was arrested following a citywide search Thursday that included the State Police Air Wing helicopter and police K-9s, Chief Joseph E. Solomon told WHAV.

Matthew Pinion, 41, was found hiding in a wooded area near his victim’s Washington Street home in an attempt to evade capture.

Pinion was taken to a local hospital under the state’s Section 12 law that allows for the restraint and hospitalization of a person posing a risk of harm due to mental illness, Solomon said. He also received treatment for a self-inflicted cut on his arm.

Scheduled for arraignment Friday at Lawrence District Court, Pinion faces two domestic assault and battery charges and a charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, police said.