LOWELL — A man known in Greater Lowell for creating a drug treatment home for young women in honor of his deceased daughter was arrested on charges — including assault with intent to rape — after he allegedly gained access to Lowell High School and victimized three females Monday, authorities say.
Timothy Grover, 55, of Dracut, founder of The Megan’s House Foundation and owner of the Lowell-based Madison Security Group, is additionally facing charges of assault and battery, and assault and battery on a police officer, according to Lowell Police Capt. James Hodgdon.
No injuries were reported among the three victims, which included one Lowell High teacher, Hodgdon said a few hours after the incident ended. The police captain was unable to establish the status of the other two victims Monday night.
The incident took place with the first day of classes at the school set to begin on Tuesday. Monday marked the first day of the new school year for faculty members, according to the school’s Twitter page.
According to Hodgdon, Grover allegedly followed a female into Lowell High School around 4 p.m. She successfully fled from Grover.
Hodgdon said police were in the process of reviewing school surveillance footage to determine how Grover entered the building when following the female.
The incident began to unravel over the emergency radio broadcast shortly after 4 p.m. A Lowell police officer reported over the broadcast he had been flagged down by a distraught female in the area of Kirk Street near the high school. The female told the officer a man had just attempted to assault her, according to the broadcast.
Shortly after the initial assault was reported over emergency radio broadcast, it was revealed on the radio the suspect was inside the building’s auditorium and he had made contact with two other females.
The suspect, identified as Grover, was stopped and detained on Kirk Street by a park ranger, Hodgdon said.
Around 4:30 p.m. Grover appeared clearly troubled as he sat near the corner of Kirk and Paige streets in handcuffs. Several Lowell police officers and multiple park rangers gathered around the man as they awaited a transport wagon to take him from the scene.
Grover fought authorities, kicking them multiple times. Police forced the disturbed man onto the ground at one point, and another time handcuffed him to a fence running alongside the sidewalk on which they were standing.
Grover was also verbally aggressive with the police, making crude comments about an officer’s family member at one point. The suspect also shouted out to civilians walking by the scene. To one group of pedestrians Grover bellowed out, “help me” and “call the police.”
When the transport wagon arrived, Grover struggled with officers as they corralled him into the back of the vehicle. Several Lowell police officers worked to ensure the man was placed inside the wagon as he yelled in protest.
Additional charges are pending against Grover, Hodgdon said Monday night.
Head of School Marianne Busteed could be seen talking to police as Grover was loaded into the police transport wagon. At that time she declined to provide comment about the incident, explaining it was early on in the event and no information was available.
Latifah Phillips, Lowell Public Schools’ chief equity and engagement officer, released a statement Monday night stating the district is cooperating with police “as they investigate the unfortunate incident that took place at Lowell High School after school hours today.”
“The police immediately responded after receiving notification that a person had entered the school building and began an investigation,” the statement reads. “Following the incident, school leadership notified staff of the occurrence and took the opportunity to re-emphasize safety protocols for maintaining a secure environment.
“Lowell Public Schools will continue to make school safety a top priority and looks forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow for a successful new school year,” the statement concludes.
Grover became well known within the Greater Lowell community for creating The Megan’s House Foundation — a long-term, residential, substance-abuse treatment home for young women in Lowell. It was established by Grover in memory of his daughter, Megan, who lost her battle to addiction at age 26.
The first home, Megan’s House, was opened to the community on Sept. 30, 2015, according to the organization’s website.
Grover’s Madison Security Group designs short and long term security solutions for personal and business needs, according to the company’s website. It is headquartered on Kirk Street in Lowell.
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