Police in Massachusetts took a man into custody on the afternoon of June 14 in connection with a home invasion in Worcester County. The 25-year-old Framingham resident faces a raft of felony charges including counts of attempted murder, armed home invasion, assault with the intent to commit murder and carrying a firearm without a license. He was arraigned on June 15 and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again on June 23.

The man is accused of breaking into a home on Spring Hill Drive in Grafton at approximately 7:00 a.m. According to media reports, at least one shot was fired during the incident. One of the home’s occupants suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics. Police did not immediately speculate about a possible motive for the home invasion or what led investigators to suspect that the man was involved.

After a search lasting about eight hours, police in Boston took the man into custody in the city’s South End neighborhood. Agencies that assisted in the search include the Massachusetts State Police and the Woburn, Marlborough, Lexington, Waltham and Belmont Police Departments. Court records reveal that the man has previously been charged with possessing marijuana and passing counterfeit currency.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may study police reports with particular care when individuals who have not behaved violently in the past are accused of committing crimes like attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. When police gather convincing evidence linking a suspect to a violent crime, attorneys may seek to settle the case with a plea agreement. However, if the evidence connecting their client to the crime is less than compelling, attorneys could suggest rejecting a negotiated settlement in favor of arguing the facts of the case before a jury.