BEVERLY — A Beverly man is facing assault and weapons charges after an early morning confrontation outside the home of a Beverly police officer, prosecutors said.
David Bucci, 49, of 7 Rezza Road was arraigned in his bed at Beverly Hospital yesterday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, domestic assault, assault and battery, disturbing the peace, and two counts of possessing a firearm without a valid firearms identification card, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
During the confrontation, Bucci suffered broken ribs, Kimball Monahan said, leading to him being hospitalized.
The incident occurred outside the Webster Street home of an off-duty Beverly patrolman, Jeffrey Tache, a former friend of Bucci, around 4:30 a.m. Tache was not injured in the confrontation.
Prosecutors said the two men had recently had a falling-out.
Bucci and his wife had gone away for the weekend, leaving their teenage daughter alone. At some point during the weekend, she called the Tache home, seeking help with something, prosecutors said.
Bucci learned sometime Tuesday evening about the call and became angry, prosecutors said. He later went to bed, but awoke around 2:30 a.m. and decided to drive from Maine, where he and his wife were staying, to the Tache home, arriving around 4:30 a.m.
The Taches woke to find him pounding on the door and yelling for his daughter, prosecutors said.
Tache tried to calm Bucci, a prosecutor said, but Bucci, who was believed to be intoxicated at the time, became combative.
Bucci also allegedly made threatening gestures toward his daughter, who was in the Tache home.
After the arrest, police learned that Bucci had a handgun and a rifle in his home. Bucci’s license to possess the weapons had been suspended as a result of a drunken-driving case, Kimball Monahan said. That led to the firearms charges.
Prosecutor Patrick Collins requested that bail be set at $10,000 cash. Judge Richard Mori, who presided over the bedside arraignment, set the bail at $5,000, with conditions that include no contact with his daughter and the Tache family, random alcohol tests to ensure that he is not drinking, and a requirement that he take prescribed medications.
A status hearing is scheduled for May 17.
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