Man brandishes gun during Westford basketball tournament, DA says

A Massachusetts man is facing multiple charges after he pulled a gun on another parent during a game at a tournament in Westford, according to authorities. Jose Mow, 34, of Boston, was arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, disturbing a pubic assembly, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm and operating a vehicle with a revoked license. Westford police said they responded to The Mill Works sports complex on Town Farm Road at about 3 pm Sunday for reports of a disturbance at the facility and a man with a gun.When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told them that the man who had brandished the firearm had fled the scene and provided a description of the vehicle he left in. Westford officers were able to find the suspect vehicle, which was being driven by Mow. Police then found a gun in a diaper bag inside the vehicle and took Mow into custody. Investigators with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said Mow was attending a basketball tournament at The Mill Works, where his son was playing, when he reportedly got into an altercation. with a parent of a player on the opposing team.According to the DA’s Office, Mow brandished a handgun to the other parent, a 48-year-old New York man, at some point during the altercation. As a result, players participating in the tournament and spectators fled the facility. “This was a frightening and potentially dangerous situation that has no place in youth sports,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. “We have put a focus in Middlesex County on building a culture of safe and respectful behavior on the sidelines at these types of events and that is not what happened (Sunday). These types of altercations among adults are unacceptable and can have lasting impacts on our young people. ”“ We are very thankful for all the witnesses that came forward to lead to a quick identification of the parties involved which resulted in the arrest and seizure of the firearm. Additionally, we are extremely fortunate that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident, ”Westford police Chief Mark Chambers said in a statement. In a statement, the facility management team at The Mill Works said Sunday marked the second day of a basketball tournament that was happening at the venue. “We are happy to report there were no injuries and that all patrons / customers were safely evacuated out of our facility in a timely fashion. The alleged suspect was apprehended as well by the Westford Police Department and taken into custody, “the statement reads. “Mill Works Sports Facility has emergency protocols in place for mass exodus incidents that are regularly reviewed with employees. Our number one goal is providing a safe and welcoming environment for all our customers. We are pleased that our staff did a tremendous job in assisting our Spectators and athletes out of the building during this stressful time for all. “During Monday’s arraignment, Judge Tejal Mehta ordered Mow to be held on $ 1,000 bail in this case and Mow’s bail was subsequently revoked on an open case out of Boston. Mow’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 6.Investigators said they have been able to review some video of the incident and are still working to determine what led to the altercation. Anyone with video of the incident or anyone who was present at the tournament and have not yet spoken to police are asked to call the Westford Police Department at 978-692-2161.

A Massachusetts man is facing multiple charges after he pulled a gun on another parent during a game at a tournament in Westford, according to authorities.

Jose Mow, 34, of Boston, was arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, disturbing a pubic assembly, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm and operating a vehicle with a revoked license.

Westford police said they responded to The Mill Works sports complex on Town Farm Road at about 3 pm Sunday for reports of a disturbance at the facility and a man with a gun.

When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told them that the man who had brandished the firearm had fled the scene and provided a description of the vehicle he left in.

Westford officers were able to find the suspect vehicle, which was being driven by Mow. Police then found a gun in a diaper bag inside the vehicle and took Mow into custody.

Investigators with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said Mow was attending a basketball tournament at The Mill Works, where his son was playing, when he reportedly got into an altercation with a parent of a player on the opposing team.

According to the DA’s Office, Mow brandished a handgun to the other parent, a 48-year-old New York man, at some point during the altercation. As a result, players participating in the tournament and spectators fled the facility.

“This was a frightening and potentially dangerous situation that has no place in youth sports,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. “We have put a focus in Middlesex County on building a culture of safe and respectful behavior on the sidelines at these types of events and that is not what happened (Sunday). These types of altercations among adults are unacceptable and can have lasting impacts on our young people. ”

“We are very thankful for all the witnesses that came forward to lead to a quick identification of the parties involved which resulted in the arrest and seizure of the firearm. Additionally, we are extremely fortunate that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident, “Westford police Chief Mark Chambers said in a statement.

In a statement, the facility management team at The Mill Works said Sunday marked the second day of a basketball tournament that was happening at the venue.

“We are happy to report there were no injuries and that all patrons / customers were safely evacuated out of our facility in a timely fashion. The alleged suspect was apprehended as well by the Westford Police Department and taken into custody,” the statement reads. “Mill Works Sports Facility has emergency protocols in place for mass exodus incidents that are regularly reviewed with employees. Our number one goal is providing a safe and welcoming environment for all our customers. We are pleased that our staff did a tremendous job in assisting our spectators and athletes out of the building during this stressful time for all. “

During Monday’s arraignment, Judge Tejal Mehta ordered Mow to be held on bail 1,000 bail in this case and Mow’s bail was subsequently revoked on an open case out of Boston.

Mow’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 6.

Investigators said they have been able to review some video of the incident and are still working to determine what led to the altercation.

Anyone with video of the incident or anyone who was present at the tournament and have not yet spoken to police are asked to call the Westford Police Department at 978-692-2161.

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