May 10, 2015 3:42 PM

Standoff in Mason ends in arrest of 85-year-old suspect

BROOKLINE - A Good Samaritan who stopped to help a child who'd fallen off a bicycle was threatened by another motorist carrying a gun on Saturday - an incident that led to a four-hour standoff involving state police and four local police departments in Mason, where the suspect lived.

Police received the report of a motorist who'd been threatened around 2 p.m. and further investigation led them to identify the man with the gun as Alfred Stauble, 85, of 467 Depot Road in Mason. Police from Brookline and Mason arrived at Stauble's home and tried to speak with him. He refused to leave the house.

Police say that based on previous contacts with Stauble, the state police Tactical Team was contacted for assistance. They also sought and received an arrest warrant for Stauble and a search warrant for his home. Hollis and New Ipswich police officers were asked to assist at the scene.

Stauble was finally taken into custody after several hours of negotiations with the state police Tactical Team shortly before 7 p.m. During the standoff, nearby residences on Depot Rd. were evacuated and the road was closed to traffic. Multiple firearms were seized during the execution of the search warrant.

Stauble is scheduled to be arraigned in the Milford District Court on Monday morning, May 11.

The Nashua Telegraph archives indicate police arrested Stauble in Amherst in May 2002 for criminal threatening and again in 2011 for one felony count of reckless conduct, along with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal threatening after an altercation with police where he allegedly took a .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol from a compartment inside his car and held it in his lap when police approached to question him. At that time, police also found a rifle in his car

Stauble is also on record for having filed an unsuccessful suit against the town of Mason over his property taxes in 1993.


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