FALL RIVER — The city’s police department is withholding comment after a veteran police officer was held in custody following his arrest Monday on charges that include assault with the intent to rape.
Michael Malek, 58, of Dean Street, Freetown, was arrested by officers who went to his home at 11 p.m. in response to calls from neighbors reporting hearing a female shouting for help, according to the police reports resulting from the incident.
Fall River Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Medeiros said the department is not commenting on the matter until they complete their investigation.
Police allege they entered the home and saw Malek on the floor, pinning a female relative to keep her from moving. The woman had a slight cut above her eyebrow and abrasions on her wrists, police report.
Malek, police report, told the officers that he pinned the female relative to the floor because he was afraid she would harm herself and that restraining her helped to calm her during past episodes.
Malek was initially arrested on the charge of domestic assault. The charge of assault with the intent to commit rape as well as the charge of indecent assault and battery on a person older than 14 and assault on a household member were filed later in the night.
Those charges were based on the observations of the officers, according to the police report. Officers reported the female involved did not allege Malek assaulted her with the attempt to rape.
Police also found and seized two rifles, three shotguns and a .380-caliber pistol in Malek’s home. The weapons were not equipped with trigger locks as required by law, so Malek was charged with six counts of improper storage of a firearm.
Malek was held in custody pending a dangerousness hearing set for Friday to determine if he should be allowed bail while awaiting trial.