Bourne Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Attack On Bartender, Mom
By: Michael J. Rausch
A man from Bourne was arrested last week on more than half a dozen charges, including attempted murder.
Bourne police said that 27-year-old Clayton M. Tubbs was arrested last Thursday at 10:14 AM. Mr. Tubbs was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of assault and battery.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred at TJ’s Grill and Bar on the Bourne Bridge Approach in Buzzards Bay, police said. Court records show that on the evening of Wednesday, January 23, Mr. Tubbs was working as a night manager at the bar, which is owned by his mother. A female bartender who was working that night told police that Mr. Tubbs was drinking whiskey and became increasingly intoxicated throughout the course of the evening. The bartender said that Mr. Tubbs also flirted with her frequently that night.
At some point that night, three men entered the bar and went to the men’s room with Mr. Tubbs. All four men returned 10 minutes later. Two of them left, and Mr. Tubbs and another man stayed at the bar. The female bartender told police that when Mr. Tubbs returned to the bar “he was not right, he seemed to be mad.”
She said that Mr. Tubbs grabbed her in a chokehold that at first she thought was more flirting by him. She said that she soon realized he was trying to hurt her, and she tried to break free of him. When a bar patron intervened and pulled Mr. Tubbs off the bartender, Mr. Tubbs punched the man.
Mr. Tubbs’s mother heard the commotion and came out of her office, at which point, Mr. Tubbs grabbed her in a chokehold then pushed her to the floor, court records showed.
The bartender told police that Mr. Tubbs then grabbed a knife from the bar and threatened her and his mother with the weapon before running from the bar. He ran into the kitchen and grabbed a butcher knife before fleeing out the back of the building, court records showed.
Police were called to the scene, including a K-9 unit from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office. They said that they found the butcher knife in the rear parking lot of the building. Police first went to the Eastern Inn, where Mr. Tubbs lives. Police said that they were given access to his room by the owner of the inn, who is Mr. Tubbs’s father.
Mr. Tubbs was not in his room, police said.
Court records said that the K-9 unit traced Mr. Tubbs to a home on Head of the Bay Road. Police said that they knocked on the door but did not get the attention of anyone. After several attempts, police eventually left, and an arrest warrant was taken out in Mr. Tubbs’s name.
The following morning, Bourne police officers returned to the home. Bourne police lieutenant Richard E. Tavares said that police saw Mr. Tubbs sleeping under a pile of blankets when they looked in through a sliding glass door.
He said that police told him to come to the door, but he refused and officers had to force open the door.
“The suspect was told to put his hands behind his back or he would be tasered,” the lieutenant said.
Mr. Tubbs was removed from the house without incident and arrested.
He was then transported to Falmouth District Court where he was arraigned that same day.
Court records show that Mr. Tubbs has a history of arrests.
On November 30, 2010, he was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. On November 23, 2010, he was arraigned on one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in Wareham District Court. In June 2010, he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle to endanger.
He pled not guilty at his arraignment on January 24. Bail was set at $2,500. He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for February 13.
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