Sheriff Cummings Reacts to Assault on Off-Duty Deputy

Bourne - Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings today commented on the weekend assault on an off-duty Barnstable County Sheriff's Deputy by a former Barnstable County inmate.

The Deputy was at Bobby Byrneâ??s Pub on time-off when he was recognized and allegedly assaulted by former Barnstable County inmate, Ryan Antonini. Antonini was charged with assault and battery and was arraigned this morning in Barnstable District Court.

"This former inmate, without warning, assaulted one of my officers," said Cummings. "It is an absolute shame that a hard-working Deputy cannot go out to a public place without being attacked by the likes of a Ryan Antonini."

Cummings praised the Deputy, the restaurant staff and the Sandwich Police for their professional actions in subduing Antonini.

Antonini has served time at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility (BCCF)
for, among other things, assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and operating under the influence.

Sheriff Cummings indicated that he will be in contact with the Sandwich Police and the District Attorney relative to this incident. "A message has to be sent," Cummings said. "The Deputies who work inside the jail do an outstanding job behind the walls running a safe, secure and orderly correctional facility. We can not allow them to be subjected to unprovoked attacks by inmates or former inmates."

Antonini is now being held without bail at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

Sheriff's Office Press Release, 3/13/06
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