Marshfield: Two men arrested for home invasion after police chase

Photo Credit: Steven Dodrill,

Two men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Marshfield home on Thursday with sawed off shotgun and leading police on a car chase through several towns.

Marshfield Police Captain Phil Tavares said that around 10:35 a.m. on Thursday they got several 911 calls for an armed home invasion at 46 Flaggler Drive, with callers reporting that two masked men had broken into the home, threatened an occupant with a sawed-off shotgun, attempted to tie him up and then searched the house.

The two suspects then allegedly fled up Route 3A through Scituate, and into Cohasset. The vehicle was stopped on Route 3A in Cohasset near the Stop and Shop, where 31-year-old Steven Johnson of Braintree, the driver, and 30-year-old Peter John of Randolph were arrested.

Cohasset Police Lieutenant William Quigley said, ”Three police officers on traffic detail at the Avalon project on Rte. 3A by Sohier Street were monitoring the radio transmissions.  The officers were able to hold both north and south traffic on Rte. 3A, causing the pick-up truck to become entangled in heavy traffic near the intersection of Rte. 3A and Sohier Street.”

No weapon was found in the vehicle and police were active late Thursday afternoon searching along Route 3A for signs of areas where the suspects may have disposed of the shotgun. Police say the attack was “definitely not random”.

The pair is expected to be arraigned Friday in Plymouth District Court on charges out of Marshfield of home invasion, kidnapping, armed assault in a dwelling, malicious destruction of property and larceny from a person.

Additionally, Lt. Quigley said they will be seeking a criminal complaint on Johnson out of Cohasset for charges that include: operating a m/v with a revoked license, failure to stop for a police officer, operating to endanger, speeding and marked lanes violations.

(Reporting by Ed Perry and Steven Dodrill)

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