Barnstable police confront, halt erratic excavator with Bean Bag gun
A slow-speed chase late Thursday night in Hyannis of what police say was a stolen construction excavator ended with the use of a non-lethal shotgun, a crash into two telephone poles and five assault charges against the alleged perpetrator.
Barnstable police charged Christopher Lunn of Pitcher's Way in Hyannis with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon (an excavator), one count of larceny over $250, and one count of vandalizing property.
"This went on for half an hour."
- Sgt. Sean Sweeney
Officer Armando Feliciano stated in a report that he was dispatched about 11:20 p.m. Thursday to the area of the Jiffy Lube station on Pitcher's Way in response to a report of an excavator driving down the street with its lights out.
When Feliciano arrived, he said he observed a white male, later identified as Christopher Lunn, trying to move the excavator. Two other cruisers also arrived at the scene.
"Lunn then moved the excavator toward my cruiser," Feliciano wrote. "I felt my life was in danger so I backed up the cruiser several feet and so did Sgt. (Benjamin) Baxter."
A spokesman for the Barnstable police, Sgt. Sean Sweeney, said officers on the scene then drove alongside the excavator, yelling at Lunn to stop the machine. Not only did Lunn ignore them, Sergeant Sweeney said, but he repeatedly swung the excavator around as the machine moved down Pitcher's Way toward Route 28. He also hit a telephone police with the excavator.
Sergeant Sweeney said Lunn was swinging the excavator's shovel back and forth, hampering efforts to stop him. The sergeant compared the excavator, which has treads and weighs 20,000 pounds, to a small tank.
Feliciano wrote: "At this point, Sergeant Baxter came running up with his Bean Bag shotgun from his cruiser. Sergeant Baxter fired three rounds at Lunn. After being hit with the Bean Bag rounds, Lunn continued to ignore our commands and was getting closer to Route 28."
Sergeant Sweeney said rounds from Sergeant Baxter's Bean Bag shotgun broke the glass on the side on the driver's compartment, and hit Lunn in the side of the head and shoulder.
But Lunn, Feliciano said, continued to drive the excavator toward police officers in an aggressive manner. He hit a second telephone pole, and shortly thereafter came to a stop.
Several officers then climbed onto the excavator, and arrested and handcuffed Lunn.
The Hyannis Fire-Rescue Department then took Lunn to Cape Cod Hospital for medical treatment, after which police brought him to Barnstable police station and booked.
Sergeant Sweeney said the keys had been left in the ignition of the excavator, which was being used to dig ditches for a project along Pitcher's Way.
Lunn was arraigned Friday in Barnstable District Court on charges that included five counts of assault with a deadly weapon - one for each officer in a cruiser who tried to stop the excavator.
Speaking of the errant excavator, Sergeant Sweeney said, "This went on for half an hour."
Marstons Mills man accused of drugging, raping woman
Louben B. Joseph arraigned on fourfelony charges
Barnstable police arrested a Marstons Mills man Monday for alleged crimes that include drugging and raping a woman.
Detectives executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant about 5 p.m. Monday at 539 River Road, the home of twin brothers Louben B. Joseph (right) and Lounel W. Joseph, both 22.
The detectives went to the house after the woman told police she had been assaulted at the residence the prior week.
They entered the home and went to the second-floor bedroom of the twin brothers. There, according to court records, the detectives found the brothers, as well as two other men, Michael Griffith, 23, and Alexander Jackson, 21.
In a statement filed at Barnstable District Court, police said marijuana and a large amount of cash were visible in plain view when they entered the room.
A further search of the room, they said, turned up drug packaging materials, a digital scale, pills the police later identified as Oxycodone, a large amount of cash in the box spring of Louben Joseph's bed and a stun gun in his closet.
The detectives arrested the four men.
On Tuesday, Louben B. Joseph was arraigned in Barnstable District Court on four felony charges —rape, aggravated rape, drugging a person for the purpose of sexual intercourse and carrying a dangerous weapon (the stun gun) — as well as possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Police charged his twin, Lounel W. Joseph, with possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Jackson was charged with possession of marijuana, a second offense. Griffith was charged with possession of marijuana.
Louben B. Joseph was released on $7,500 cash bail. He is due to return to court on Oct. 10.