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By BETH ZUMWALT
A Pittsfield man is behind bars, in lieu of $30,000 bond, after a joint effort by the Pittsfield City Police Force and the Pittsfield Fire Department. Anthony Piper, 32, was arrested Nov.1 at 6 p.m. on charges of domestic battery and additional charges are pending.
The incident started Nov. 1 at 12:52 a.m. when Pittsfield Police Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of West Fayette Street for a report of a domestic disturbance. During the investigation. Piper was identified as the suspect but had fled from the scene prior to officer’s arrival. According to police reports, Piper returned to the Fayette Street address around 4 a.m. and attempted to gain entry into the residence. Again Piper fled before law enforcement arrived.
At 6 p.m., the same day, officers received word, Piper was hiding in a unoccupied residence at in the 300 block of East Layette. After an extensive search, officers were unable to locate Piper and called upon the Pittsfield Fire Department for the use of the thermal camera to local the suspect. By using the heat-detecting device, Piper was located in the ceiling of the residence. Officers were forced to remove a portion of the ceiling before Piper finally surrendered and was taken into custody.
Police Chief Michael Starman extended his thanks to the Pittsfield Fire Department and PFD Fire Chief Jason White, in their assistance with the arrest.