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Peabody man held without bail after allegedly threatening mother with a shotgun

Posted by Ryan Mooney  July 19, 2012 12:02 PM

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A Peabody man was ordered held without bail Wednesday after a physical altercation with several family members Tuesday night in which he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his mother before fleeing the home.

Philip Bellofatto, 26, of 4 Lewis Circle, pleaded not guilty in Peabody District Court to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card, resisting arrest, and two counts of domestic assault and battery.

A dangerousness hearing has been set for July 31.

According to the police report from Officer Joyce Moulton, police were called to the residence shortly after 6 p.m. for a report of a male in possession of a shotgun.

Bellofatto reportedly became irate when his mother would not allow his ex-girlfriend into their home, and a short time later allegedly pointed a shotgun at her face during a verbal argument.

The gun, one of several weapons confiscated by police, belongs to Bellofatto's father, Richard Bellofatto, who is licensed to own them, according to police reports.

Police said that after the argument with his mother, Bellofatto became involved in a physical altercation with his father and sister. Richard Bellofatto stated that at one point he took a shotgun from a closet with the intention of keeping it away from Phillip and making sure it was disarmed when it accidently discharged. Police determined it was the same weapon that was allegedly pointed at Bellofatto's mother.

Several others who were at the home at the time of the incident also gave witness accounts to police.

Bellofatto's sister stated to police that Beloffatto elbowed her in the forehead during the altercation, and that at some point Richard Bellofatto took the shotgun from the closet, at which point it discharged.

The boyfriend of Bellofatto's sister told police that he was in the backyard when Bellofatto's mother came outside asking for help, stating that Bellofatto had a gun. The man heard the shotgun discharge as he was in the kitchen after entering through the back door.

He went downstairs to where the incident occurred and saw Richard Bellofatto holding the gun, he told police. After taking the gun outside and placing it by the front stairs, he returned downstairs and tried to restrain Phillip Bellofatto, at which point Bellofatto escaped and fled on foot.

Bellofatto was apprehended on Penn Road after a struggle with several state troopers.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com.

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