Wareham Police seek warrant following Main Street disturbance

Sep 14, 2018

Wareham Police are seeking a warrant for a suspect who fled from the scene of a disturbance at the CVS parking lot on Main Street.

Police were dispatched to the scene around 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 where Officer Nate Aronson said he observed Christopher Hardiman, 38, of Fairhaven being held back by other two men. Hardiman was allegedly shouting and waving his arms at a man in the CVS parking lot. Police noted that several bystanders were witness to the incident including small children. 

Officer Aronson approached Hardiman who fled and was later found hiding in a shed at 394 Main Street by Officer Eric Machado.

Hardiman was brought back to the CVS parking lot for an investigation of the incident. Officer said that Hardiman became irate during the investigation and started to yell. He refused to comply with officers and was later advised that he was being placed under arrest.

Hardiman resisted arrest and a struggle with Officers Aronson and Machado ensued before he could be handcuffed. Hardiman is charged with disorderly conduct, subsequent offense, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

During the incident, Police said that Cody Tuomala, 18, of Wareham interfered with Hardiman’s arrest and refused to back off when order to do so by officers. After Hardiman was secured, Officer Aronson advised Tuomala he, too, was under arrest. Tuomala reportedly fled the area after shouting an expletive at police.

The Wareham Police Department is now seeking a warrant for Tuomala’s arrest at Wareham District Court for the charges of disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest.

“While these charges are considered misdemeanors, it is this type of behavior which ruins the quality of life for our good citizens,” said Acting Police Chief John Walcek. “The Wareham Police Department remains committed to enforcing the law, especially laws designed to protect people’s safety and peace.”