Acushnet Police say a heavy law enforcement presence in the town Monday in the area of Main Street and Robinson Road was part of the search for a suspect who has since been arrested.

According to Police Chief Christopher Richmond, police were called to a Clem’s Way address at approximately 3:10 p.m. for a report that a 37-year-old man had assaulted his girlfriend and fled into the woods. Richmond says that when officers arrived and spoke to the victim, the interior of the house showed signs of a struggle and police spotted several loose shotgun shells in the residence.

Acushnet Police then called in other law enforcement agencies, including the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, Rochester Police, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and the state police air wing unit.

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Richmond said the suspect still had not been located by about 5:35 p.m., and the search was called off.

Then at about 6:30 p.m., a citizen called Acushnet Police to report a suspicious man running south in the 600-block of Main Street. Police located the man, who turned out to be the suspect, and arrested him without incident. He was booked on several domestic violence charges, including strangulation/suffocation.

The suspect’s identity is not being released in order to protect the identity of the victim, Richmond said.

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