Police find ammunition cache in Walpole home
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WALPOLE (AP) -- A couple is charged after police find a cache of firearms, explosives and ammunition at their Walpole home.
David Abrahamian and Karen Osborne were arrested yesterday when an off-duty officer spotted them on Route 1A in Wrentham after police had searched their home.
Abrahamian pleaded innocent to charges of illegal gun and drug possession and two counts of owning a pipe bomb. Osborne was charged with gun and drug possession and also pleaded innocent.
Police say explosives were scattered throughout the house, and there was a stash of high-powered rifles, shotguns and automatic weapons.
Police wouldn't say what led them to the home.
The couple had lived there for about three years, according to neighbors.
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.By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff | December 17, 2005
WALPOLE -- Authorities yesterday discovered two pipe bombs and a cache of firearms, explosives, and ammunition in a suburban home, and later arrested the owner at gunpoint as he attempted to pull an automatic pistol on officers who had surrounded his car, police said.
Breaking News Alerts Police found the weapons after executing a court order to seize nearly 100 guns licensed to David A. Abrahamian, 39, after people close to him expressed concern about his mental health, authorities said.
The discovery of the arsenal rattled the quiet, well-to-do neighborhood near the Dover and Medfield line. Residents were stunned that one of their neighbors, who they described as reclusive and somewhat odd, had amassed so many weapons.
Police said the explosives were scattered throughout the house, where police said they also found heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Investigators said the stash of firearms included high-powered rifles, shotguns, and automatic weapons.
''I would say he had the potential to be very dangerous," said Walpole Deputy Police Chief Scott Bushway. ''Those concerns were confirmed when he reached for a loaded gun when he was arrested." Bushway said it was unclear why Abrahamian had the weapons or whether he was planning to use them.
Police began searching the house Thursday evening and returned yesterday morning after receiving a search warrant for the explosives. The house is in a secluded Walpole neighborhood at the end of a cul-de-sac.
''The place was in complete disarray and loaded with guns and ammunition," Bushway said. The weapons and explosives were in plain view and not secured, he said.
By the time police arrived at the house yesterday, Abrahamian and Karen M. Osborne, 33, who lived together at the Lois Drive split-level house, had fled. An off-duty Walpole officer spotted the couple yesterday afternoon driving on Route 1A in Wrentham, and officers pulled them over in Walpole. At first, Abrahamian appeared to cooperate with authorities, but then made a move for a loaded gun on the passenger seat next to him, Bushway said. Walpole's police chief and other officers were able to subdue him, Bushway said.
''There was an indication he was going for the gun, but police were able to pull him out of the car safely," Bushway said.
Abrahamian was charged with two counts of possessing a pipe bomb, and illegal gun and drug possession. He was also charged with possessing two hoax pipe bombs, police said. The crimes are felonies, he said.
Osborne, who was out on bail for an unrelated case, was charged with drug and gun possession.
Both pleaded not guilty at their arraignment yesterday in Wrentham District Court and were held without bail. Abrahamian faces a dangerousness hearing Monday.
Abrahamian looked confused and distraught when he was led to a police cruiser from the Walpole Police Station around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon to be taken to his arraignment. Osborne kept her head down.
Authorities refused to comment on what led them to the couple's home, but said concerns about Abrahamian's mental stability prompted authorities to revoke his gun license and search his home. Bushway said he believed the guns were all legally licensed.
Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a bomb squad, and state and local police spent most of the day yesterday detonating the pipe bombs, securing the home, and seizing guns and ammunition.
The couple had lived at the house for about three years, neighbors said.
''They were kind of unusual," said Joan Rose, who lived next door to the suspects. ''They didn't really communicate with anyone