A South Shore man faces criminal charges after authorities said he attempted to kidnap his ex-wife and one of their children at gunpoint Friday morning.
The suspect, a 39-year-old man from Plymouth, is charged with breach of a restraining order, assaulting a family member, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and recklessly endangering a family member. a child, according to Plymouth County.
Officers responding to a report of a ‘man chasing a woman down the street with a gun’ have learned that the armed suspect, who was wearing a mask and handcuffs, attempted to kidnap his ex-wife in the lifting and grabbing her by the head and neck while she held the child, police said.
“She was able to scream and it caught the attention of Jamie Costa, a lifelong Plymouth resident, Blue Eagle, and former corrections officer,” police wrote in a statement. “He started yelling at the male to leave the female alone and lined him up for a good old fashioned football tackle. As he was doing this, the man pulled a handgun from his belt.
Brothers Jeffrey and David Williams, who worked in the area, also heard the screams and rushed to help Costa disarm the suspect, police said.
The Three Good Samaritans held the troubled suspect until Plymouth Police Officer Bobby Hackett arrived and took him into custody.
Police noted the suspect was found in possession of two replica firearms and a stiletto knife.
“We are grateful for our quick, good and able-bodied residents who, in Constable Hackett’s words, ‘saved this woman’s life,’ the department added.
It is not known when the suspect will be summoned to court.
An investigation is underway.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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