Escapee shot outside courthouse; fires; 3rd ID theft suspect caught

Cape Cod Times truck attempts to thwart escape
Police tape surrounds investigators where an escaping prisoner was shot. Frank Paparo/NEVN photo.

Special Report: Escaping prisoner shot outside Barnstable Court

CWN team coverage by Tim Caldwell, Frank Paparo & R. Copley

BARNSTABLE - A prisoner who tried to escape from Barnstable District Court this morning was shot by police.

According to late reports 22-year old Anthony Roberts of Centerville (seen below in a BPD mugshot) was due to be arraigned on receiving stolen property charges after a hit  and run crash yesterday and police were trying to link him to a series of break-ins in the Barnstable area.

He was being led into the courthouse about 8:30 AM when he allegedly slipped one hand out of handcuffs, assaulted a court officer and then fled across Route 6A to the Barnstable General Store where he reportedly car-jacked a dark green Honda. (See NECN video). The car driver/owner was not injured just shaken up.

At police request a Cape Cod Times delivery van tried to block the exit but Roberts backed into it and tried to flee out another exit despite repeated pleas by police for him to stop.

About 15 Barnstable police officers and court officers were running after the car.  The officers were yelling, "'Get out of the car' with their guns drawn."  Roberts was bloody and had already been shot said Megan Burke an employee at the general store. 

Police had reportedly fired a single shot hitting Roberts in the chest. A shattered windshield laid testament to the gun shot. The car continued to roll a short distance before striking a curb.

Roberts was rushed by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital and then to Barnstable Municipal Airport where he was Medflighted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he was reported in critical condition.

At a late afternoon news conference at the Barnstable Police Station police called the shooting justified saying the suspect was driving a stolen car and was recklessly endangering the public.

In a bizarre twist D.A. O'Keefe witnessed the events unfold in front of him. To avoid any appearance of impropriety he's asked Plymouth County D.A. Timothy Cruz to lead the investigation.

Stay with Cape Wide News for further updates. Last updated at 10:00 PM.

Bourne, Onset firefighters battle house fire

ONSET - Firefighters from Bourne along with Wareham, Plymouth and Carver helped out Onset at the scene of a two-alarm fire that gutted this home on at 16 Whittemore Avenue in Onset early Tuesday afternoon. Heat was so intense vinyl siding melted on the outside of the house.

No one was home at the time but one firefighter was taken to Tobey Hospital suffering exhaustion and dehydration. He was treated and released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Somerfield.

Dry weather increases risk of brush fires

MASHPEE - There hasn't been much snow and with the long relatively storm free dry stretch brush fires are a concern according to the District 1 (Cape Cod area) Forest Fire Warden's office. 

An example was this brush fire in Mashpee Tuesday afternoon behind the Tribal Council building on Great Neck Road.

Officials say about an acre was scorched. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

Third ID theft suspect in Yarmouth captured

YARMOUTH - Robert Pasquarello (on right) the third man wanted by Yarmouth and other agencies for an alleged identity theft and larceny spree was captured in Somerville Saturday night.

The other two suspects were caught earlier last week in Dennis after a chase.

Read the original CWN report on the theft here.   

Driver injured in car vs tree in Harwich

HARWICH - One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after this car vs tree crash. The crash happened on Headwaters Drive at Elizabeth about 11 AM.

The driver 20-year old Karina Dominguez of Harwich was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Harwich Police are investigating the crash and expect to cite Dominguez for speeding and other motor vehicle infractions. 

Photo courtesy of Jake O'Callaghan. 

Motorcyclist injured in Provincetown crash

PROVINCETOWN - A motorcyclist suffered non life-threatening injuries after their bike collided with a vehicle in Provincetown. The crash happened about noon on Bradford Street near Winslow Street. Provincetown Police are investigating. Further details were not immediately available. 

Smoke scare at Cape Cod Hospital

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HYANNIS - Hyannis firefighters were called to Cape Cod Hospital about 1 PM after reports of smoke coming out of a duct in the kitchen area.

A problem with a rooftop unit was to blame.

There was no damage and no disruption to services at the hospital.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Somerfield.

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