Man in Custody in Killing of Lowell Homeowner Found on Basement Floor

Anthony Massetti, 53, was thought to be armed and dangerous

Police have found a man wanted in connection with the killing of a man found dead in Lowell, Massachusetts, this weekend.

Anthony "Tony" Massetti had been taken into custody in connection with the death of a 51-year-old man, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Monday.

Authorities had asked for the public's help in locating Massetti, 53, who was thought to be armed and dangerous. He was found with a handgun that belonged to the victim, Ryan said.

Around 5:09 p.m. Saturday, Lowell police responded to a 911 call for an unresponsive man found in his Wilder Street home, authorities said.

The victim was found on the floor with apparent blunt-force trauma and he was pronounced dead on scene. Ryan said Monday that he was found in the basement by one of his tenants.

The medical examiner determined he was killed was blunt-force injuries and the manner of death was homicide.

Massetti, who is known to the victim, had been at the residence, officials said, and they have probable cause to believe Massetti is responsible for striking the victim during an altercation that resulted in his death. 

Massetti was found about 1:30 p.m. in an area where homeless people are known to frequent and was taken into custody by Chelmsford police, Ryan said.

He'll be arraigned Tuesday, she said.

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