A Malden man was found in the woods off of Lexington Street last night, after witnesses reported to police that someone could be heard calling for help.
At 9:28 p.m., Officers Mark O'Hearn and Michael Pacheco responded to the area of the for a report of someone "moaning, yelling and/or calling for help."
According to police, the officers canvassed the area and after speaking to witnesses, discovered that the person was located in the woods behind Northern Bank and Trust.
Officers O'Hearn and Pacheco entered the woods on foot and heard "a faint sound coming from deep in the woods."
Unsure of the situation, both officers moved closer to the sound with weapons drawn. Police located a 42-year-old Malden man lying on the ground, with minor injuries to his face and legs.
Both officers attempted to speak to the man, but he was having trouble speaking, reported police. The man was transported to Lahey Clinic by Woburn Fire.
A detective responded to the scene and police determined that the Malden man was not the victim of a crime, but had been living in the woods.
Police reported finding "a make-shift living room, equipped with a fire pit... [with] remnants of cigars, alcohol bottles and other assorted trash."
Police learned that the man was living on Old Cambridge Road and had previous medical problems.
"After speaking with the party, it was reported that no assault took place," reported police. "All of his property was returned to him."