SPD: Sawed-off shotgun used in home invasion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police have arrested a 35 year-old man who they say broke into his girlfriend’s home and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at her and her niece.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Wajid Lowe of Springfield was arrested early Wednesday morning at his girlfriend’s McKnight neighborhood home.

According to Delaney, police came to 19 Princeton Street at 12:15 A.M., after receiving a 9-1-1 call about an armed man trying to get into the house. Police spotted Lowe on the second-floor porch, and caught him after he went downstairs to leave.

Police searched the area for victims, and found Lowe’s 41 year-old girlfriend and 24 year old niece on nearby Girard Avenue.

According to Delaney, Lowe’s girlfriend said to police that earlier in the night, the suspect left her house. She told him not to come back, but he returned an hour later, armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

The girlfriend said that both she and her niece attempted to hide inside the house, but Lowe got in and pointed the gun at both of them. They then ran away.

Police discovered the shotgun inside the home, Delaney said.

Lowe faces several charges, including armed home invasion, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, malicious damage, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and other weapons charges.

He was held overnight on high bail, and will be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

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