By Jonathan Phelps
---- — TOPSFIELD — A 27-year-old Topsfield man was arrested early yesterday morning after police were called to a Washington Street home by family members who reported they were assaulted and threatened by the man and forced to flee the home.
Daniel P. Morley, of Topsfield, was arrested on charges of two counts of domestic assault and battery, threatening to commit arson and communicating a bomb scare, according to a press release issued by the Topsfield Police Department. Morley’s address was not released by police last night.
Police were called to a home in the area of Main Street at 2:46 a.m. on a report of a “domestic disturbance.” Officers arriving at the scene were approached by two people who alleged they were assaulted and threatened by a family member, the release said.
Due to the nature of the incident, police blocked off the street and called in additional assistance from neighboring towns and the state police special tactical operation (STOP).
During a search of the home, officers recovered from the suspect’s bedroom a loaded bolt-action rifle, handgun, ammunition and numerous knives.
A state police bomb squad was also called in after a “suspicious item” was found.
It was later determined that the item was not explosive, police said.
The STOP unit cleared the scene at 8:45 a.m., according to a state police press release.
Morley will be arraigned in Ipswich District Court in Newburyport. The case remains under investigation.