SAUGUS – Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti reported that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man yesterday after shots were fired inside a motel earlier this week. Dantonio Thorton, 39, of Revere, was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of a firearm without a license (third offense) and malicious destruction of property over $1,200.
On Tuesday, Jan. 1, at approximately 2 p.m., Saugus Police received a 911 call from an employee at WoodSpring Suites Signature Boston North, which is located at 832 Broadway; the caller reported hearing gun shots inside one of the rooms. When police arrived
on the scene, they spoke with the employee and located a bullet hole through the door to one of the rooms where the gun shots were heard. Reportedly, police identified Thorton as the man staying in the room. Shortly thereafter, Lynn District Court granted an arrest warrant for Thorton.
On Jan. 2 at 8:50 p.m., an Ipswich Police detective and Somerville Police detective, working with Saugus Police on the case, identified Thorton entering the Town Line Inn Motel in Malden. Saugus Police, with assistance from the Malden Police SWAT team and Medford Police, established a perimeter around the motel. SWAT team members entered the motel and placed Thorton under arrest without incident. Reportedly, inside the motel room the police recovered a 9mm semiautomatic pistol with defaced serial numbers.
“I would like to recognize the Saugus Police Department patrol division and criminal investigation division for their dedication and persistence in identifying, locating and placing this suspect under arrest,” Chief Giorgetti said. “A special thank you to the Massachusetts State Police and the Malden, Medford, Somerville and Ipswich Police Departments for their assistance with removing this dangerous man from the streets.”
The incident remains under investigation by the Saugus Police Department; however, a preliminary investigation indicates that Thorton accidentally discharged his firearm inside the motel room. Thorton was scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court yesterday.