Suspect’s bail set in standoff with police


FARMINGTON – A judge set $2,500 cash bail or $10,000 real estate surety Monday for a man who held police at bay for five hours Friday until a state police tactical team forcibly removed him from his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Matthew McLarnon, 25, of Farmington, who was charged with felony aggravated criminal trespass and two misdemeanor charges of assault, entered no plea on the felony charge.

Judge John McElwee entered not-guilty pleas for McLarnon on the two misdemeanor charges Monday in 12th District Court.

McLarnon is accused of entering his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Church Street early Friday. After she asked him to leave, a verbal dispute allegedly ended up with him pushing the woman and her boyfriend as they grabbed for a large kitchen knife he was going for.

Police say McLarnon barricaded himself in a bedroom and held the knife to his own throat and threatened suicide, refusing to leave the apartment.

The woman was barricaded in the room with him initially but was able to escape by climbing out a window. Her boyfriend left by the stairs.

Police negotiated with McLarnon for hours in an attempt to talk him into putting down the knife and leaving the apartment. When he didn’t, the tactical team went in and removed him forcibly.

Assistant District Attorney Nick Warden said no one was seriously injured in the incident.

Warden said McLarnon had no prior convictions that he knew of. He requested bail set at $3,000 with no contact direct or indirect with the victim and her boyfriend.

McLarnon, who has a history of depression, stood in handcuffs and leg irons in front of the judge and requested bail be set lower.

McElwee compromised and set bail at $2,500 and ordered McLarnon to continue treatment with his therapist and refrain from use of alcohol and scheduled drugs.