Police: Hanover man waved around large knife, threatened people in South Shore Hospital parking lot

Police: Hanover man waved around large knife, threatened people in South Shore Hospital parking lot
(Boston 25 News)

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — Weymouth Police arrested a Hanover man Saturday for waving around a large knife and threatening people in South Shore Hospital’s parking lot, Captain John Perchard told Boston 25 News.

Perchard said South Shore Hospital employees reported around 2 p.m. that an emergency room nurse tried to speak with the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Geoffrey Watt, while he was yelling and holding a knife in a menacing way in the parking lot of the Fogg Road hospital.

The responding officers said when they arrived at the scene, Watt ran behind the nearby South Shore Cardiology building on Pleasant Street and crouched behind a dumpster.

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The officers said they ordered Watt to come out from behind the dumpster with his hands up. At that point, they said rushed from behind the dumpster and aggressively approached the officers while refusing to show his hands.

An officer tried to use a TASER to subdue Watt, but that didn't work. Additional officers were able to get Watt on the ground and into handcuffs.

The officers located a knife behind the dumpster, according to Perchard.

Police charged Watt with assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and assault. He was held on $540 cash bail and transported to the Dedham House of Correction.

Watt was arraigned in Quincy District Court Monday morning. The judge released him on personal recognizance, the clerk magistrate's office told Boston 25 News. He’s due back in court on February 25 for a pre-trail hearing.

Boston 25 News reached out to South Shore Hospital for comment. A spokesperson referred us to Weymouth Police.