Man arrested days after Butler County SWAT call resulted in empty home

Matthew Hamilton, Butler County Jail
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Matthew Hamilton, Butler County Jail

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of domestic violence, days after Butler County SWAT was called to a Pater Avenue home but after hours found no one inside.

Fairfield Twp. police were called just after 2 p.m. on Sunday to the 1800 block of Pater Avenue for a suspected domestic violence incident after friends and family reported they “heard fighting, and that led them to believe violence was occurring.”

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The friends and family left the house to contact the police, but in the five to 10 minutes they left, the couple was believed to have left the house, said Fairfield Twp. police Capt. Doug Lanier. That was not known to police at the time, so they called Butler County SWAT when no one answered their demands for entry.

When officers made a “dynamic” entry into the home, no one was there, and police continued to investigate.

On Wednesday, police determined that a female victim sustained injuries from an assault. They issued a warrant for Matthew Hamilton, 51, for domestic violence, a third-degree felony.

Today, officers saw Hamilton driving in the 1700 block of Parkamo Avenue and arrested him on the felony warrant.

Hamilton was booked into the Butler County Jail on the domestic violence charge, as well as other unrelated misdemeanor warrants.

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