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Weapons Seized Near Gillette Stadium, Suspect Arrested

Connecticut man held on weapons charges

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    Weapons Seized Near Gillette Stadium, Suspect Arrested

    Police arrested a suspect and seized several weapons in the Gillette Stadium employee parking lot. (Published Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016)

    Police arrested a Connecticut man after finding a cache of weapons, including samurai swords and a stun gun, in his car near Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

    Around 11 a.m. on New Year's Day, as tens of thousands of people celebrated before the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens clashed in the Winter Classic, police were at the stadium's employee lot. They say they found 48-year-old Matthew Bronson with an arsenal including samurai swords, a stun gun, a sling shot and even a meat cleaver.

    Bromson, 48, of North Granby, was charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of an electric stun gun, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

    Police believe Bronson was drunk when they arrested him. The night before, he was kicked out of the America's Best Hotel across the street from the lot. According to police, he had been living out of his car.

    In September 2014, Bromson was arrested after an eight-hour standoff with police. He was charged with threatening, harassment, breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.

    Police said the incident on New Year's Day was isolated, and there was no threat to the public attending the Winter Classic hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1.

    Bromson is being held and will be arraigned in Wrentham District Court Jan. 4.