The incident that occurred at 72 Walker Street in Lowell this afternoon started off as nothing life-threatening.

At 5:22 p.m., Lowell Police got a 911 call reporting that a third-floor resident of 72 Walker Street stabbed a second-floor resident in the hand and then fled back upstairs into his apartment.

By the time I arrived on scene minutes later, there were over a half dozen police cruisers there.

The suspect on the third floor of the red house pictured above was armed with knives and refused to leave his apartment.

The suspect was later identified as Craig Monahan, 25, of 72 Walker St., Unit 3.

At 5:35 p.m., police said in radio broadcasts that they had a possible hostage situation, though officers soon determined Monahan was alone on the third floor.

As officers gathered out front of and inside the home, the stabbing victim, a 25-year-old, was taken to the hospital with a non life-threatening wound to his hand.

At 5:37 p.m., Monahan appeared shirtless at a third-story window and began screaming expletives at police, calling them names and telling officers that he wanted a cigarette.

Lowell Police called for backup from a NEMLEC SWAT team about 5:40 p.m.

Over the course of the next hour, Monahan repeatedly appeared at the third floor window, shouting at and challenging police in expletive-laced tirades, and then slamming the window shut and disappearing back into the home until appearing at the window again.

Video of some of the tirades is included at the end of this entry.

The suspect repeatedly dared police to shoot him, calling them a variety of names in the process. He also said “I’m ready to die,” and continued to ask for a cigarette.

At one point he threw what appeared to be a large bottle of liquor he had been holding onto the sidewalk, where it smashed. That bottle is in his hand in the picture above.

He later threw a cell phone and a spatula out the same window, and later appeared at the window holding a knife in each of his hands. One of the knives appeared to be a kitchen knife, the other a pocket knife.

At one point it appeared he was holding three knives in his two hands, as pictured above.

At 6:30 p.m., Monahan emerged from the third floor window and held a knife against his own neck, asking police if they thought he was kidding.

By that time the SWAT team had arrived and entered the home, while canine units and other SWAT team members surrounded the home, and city officers carried both non-lethal bean bag shotguns, and AR-15 rifles.

Several NEMLEC negotiators also entered the home to try to talk to Monahan.

“I’m ready to die,” Monahan screamed at one point. “Give me a cigarette.” He also yelled several times about someone taking his pit bull away.

At 6:35 p.m., several NEMLEC negotiators entered the home to try to talk to Monahan.

“I’ll talk,” was among the things Monahan shouted out the window.

Shortly after negotiators entered the home, Monahan stopped appearing at the window to scream, though additional SWAT team members continued to arrive at the scene.

By this time, a large crowd had gathered at police tape on either side of the home on Walker Street, as seen above.

Police spoke to several women at the scene who appeared to know the suspect, but the scene grew relatively quiet until 7:20 p.m., when officers inside the home reported the suspect was in custody, and called for EMT’s to come to come inside.

A short time later, Monahan walked out of the home in handcuffs on his own power, with a large cut on his side. The crowd of onlookers cheered and jeered as he walked out of the home.

Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee told me at the scene that SWAT officers used a Taser to finally take Monahan into custody.

Monahan is pictured in the ambulance at the upper left of the photo below, as SWAT team members gather following the arrest.

Monahan was taken to Lowell General Hospital for evaluation, and later released into police custody.

He is currently being held, and a bail commissioner will probably not determine whether he can be bailed until early Tuesday morning.

He will be arraigned Tuesday in Lowell District Court, on charges that are expected to include armed home invasion and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife). Police are still finalizing exactly what other charges he may face.

Here is some video of Monahan shouting at police from his window during the standoff.

It appears Monahan has never faced major felony charges in the past, unless our arrest log failed to report them.

Monahan’s reference to his pit bull makes a lot more sense now that I found this story from August of last year when Monahan spoke at length about how the city’s new pit bull ordinance effected him.

After Monahan was driven from the scene in an ambulance, Animal Control Officer Robert Pickard went into the home and took custody of a large pit bull.

Police said the dog was unrelated to the incident, and did not attack officers responding to the incident.

22 responses to “Rage

  1. See, ya…Wouldnt wanna be ya! Kinda figured you would go out with a BANG!! Its all gonna catch up to you now…That stuff carries some pretty lengthy minimun sentences…

  2. Looks like someone had a really really bad day….I caught them calling in SWAT when I went out with my husband this afternoon….they weren’t sure at that point if it was a hostage situation or not, but I knew something funky was going on…booze and bad tempers…NEVER works out well…hope he gets the help he needs if he needs it, and glad that the victim is ok…

      • A victim of what? Drinking a bottle of booze and then going on a rampage? Someone above said that he has problems that were never addressed…fair enough but self medication is not the answer….I am a nurse and will take care of anyone…but even my compassion will only extend so far….if he has legitimate issues as I said I hope he gets the help he needs if he needs it…if he is just someone who drinks to forget his problems….then I can have only an iota of sympathy, because his problems are self induced…drinking has never been and never will be the answer….neither is drug abuse…substance abusers 99 times out of 100 their pain and problems are exactly that…theirs…because no one holds a gun to their heads and tells them drink this smoke this shoot this or you’re gonna get it…I have cared for enough of them over the years to know…mentally ill is indeed a medical problem, because it is most often a chemical inbalance in the brain that can be treated and managed with medication…if he doesn’t seek help for his issues whatever they may be, then he has no excuse…

  3. He is a menace to society and should never be given freedom. It’s people like him that give Lowell a bad reputation. This is coming from a resident of Walker st. This was a quiet neighborhood until he moved in, we’re glad we can finally have peace now.

  4. Maybe,with a bit of luck,this sick f**k will get a real judge who ships his sorry a** to Cedar Junction– where he won’t ne able to ‘act out’ w/o major physical damage! Law-abiding citizens can only hope…..

  5. Hoping this a*****e gets locked up for A LONG TIME. Such a scumbag junkie. I can’t believe anyone could even feel bad for this guy. He’s a terrible, terrible person and won’t EVER, EVER change.

  6. Walker Street has always been a sh*thole and will always be a sh*thole. There is more drugs there than there is in the whole city, so open your eyes. People in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. I dont condone what he did, we all know what he did was wrong, but everybody should mind there own business. Why is this poor parenting? His child wasnt there, his child was safe with family. The child and mother live in another town.

    • I was saying that he was very poorly parented, not that he was a poor parent. I believe that he was a very good parent in fact, despite his problems. But anyone that knows him, or this “type” of person…You can see that there are some real mental issues there…..THAT WERE NEVER ADDRESSED as a child. Isnt that always the case? His mother was a shitty mother…..

  7. Umm, Private? I believe anonymous was referring to the SUSPECT’S parents not his parenting…”Perfect example of poor parenting…Great job for denying he needed help his whole life, mama!” I believe the statement refers to the suspect having problems his whole life and no one ever doing anything about it, which is sad, but not an excuse…and by the way, not to be picky, but this is a PUBLIC forum where comments and opinions are expressed on incidents that happen that Rob reports on…

  8. you know some days ppl just give up when u loose everything in a blink of an eye he is not i bad person nor a bad father he needs help and sum ppl dont know how to deal with it so they deal with it they only way they know how ok he just needs help not to be locked up forever he does have kids ya know whon deserve there father to get the help he needs

  9. I’m a little late on this but, I have to say, I found the behavior of the spectators rude and disgusting. I’m sure I’ll catch isht for this but, regardless if whether or not he was a scumbag (and I don’t know because I’ve never met him), he’s still a human being. Onlookers booing and cheering when he is escorted out makes me feel like they were watching some sort of spectator sport when, in actuality, they’re watching someone who is obviously very disturbed and needs help. This is not a reality show people. Grow up a bit. Thank you.

    • Jessica,

      First of all BRAVO! That being said…you are not going to escape how disgustingly nosey most people are…they thrive on a chaotic situation 9 times out of 10 because their own lives are so boring that they need something like that to break up the monotony….it is commonly called the Rubbernecker syndrome…and while it does more harm than good most of the time, that little detail.often escapes their logic filters…and.they have to stop and gawk…take an accident on the highway…one little fender bender can turn into a multi vehicle near tragedy because some idiot thinks to himself…WOW GOTTA LOOK.AT THE BODIES… I have seen it happen too many times in my line of work…people are rattled shaken angry and sometimes hurt, yet they still stop and stare block traffic and make complete nuisances of themselves…last year when that poor biker collapsed on Dutton Street…traffic was backed up beyond the Hess station, this poor guy was being actively recussitated by Trinity, and every idiot in the Universe was sitting in their cars staring…sorry hun…human nature makes people obnoxiously nosey, and that will never change….

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