Barnstable police arrest man for airgun discharges
Say he was shooting at occupied vehicles
CENTERVILLE - Barnstable police have arrested a Hyannis man for allegedly firing an airgun Sunday at two occupied vehicles, striking both of them.
Police have charged Jon A. Wetherbee of 168 Barnstable Road, Unit 8K, with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of destruction of property of more than $250, and a count of improperly discharging an airgun.
The charges stem from airgun discharges that occurred Sunday afternoon in the Centerville area.
According to court documents, Officer Keith M. Sexton said he was driving his cruiser toward Hyannis on Route 28 near Five Corners Road about 4:30 p.m. when he heard five to 10 shots discharged from an airgun. Not hearing any damage to his cruiser, he continued east.
The police dispatcher subsequently informed Officer Sexton that a driver had reported her vehicle had been struck by shots. He turned around and traveled to a residence on Route 28, where the homeowner told him she had had problems with airguns being fired from a house down the road. Officer Sexton passed the information on to other police.
Officer Sexton then met with the driver whose vehicle had been hit. She told him she had just passed his cruiser when she and her passenger heard an airgun, and then her rear window cracking.
"She continued on Route 28 until she felt it was safe enough to pull over and ask for help.... [She] stated she was scared and that she was scared for other motorists," Officer Sexton reported. "...As we spoke, the window slowly crumbled and fell to the ground."
"The manufacturer claims the air pistol will fire up to 400 feet per second with a capacity of 15 shots." Officer Sexton
Meanwhile, police had detained Weatherbee at the house where airgun shots had been heard, finding him with a Daisy Powerline CO2 Air Pistol and ammunition.
Officer Sexton took Weatherbee to the police station for booking. While there, he heard a radio transmission to police, reporting another victim, who was calling from the Stop & Shop in Marstons Mills.
That driver was traveling west on Route 28 in his new 2008 pickup truck when heard noises that he intitially thought was equipment moving around in the bed of the truck. When he got out at the Stop & Shop, he saw two marks on his truck. Three people were in the truck when it was hit.
Officer Sexton then went on the Web to research the air pistol. "The manufacturer claims the air pistol will fire up to 400 feet per second with a capacity of 15 shots," he reported.
Weatherbee was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Barnstable District Court.
Honey Dew Donuts in Mashpee robbed again
Second robbery in a week
MASHPEE - For the second time in a week, a robber has taken the cash register from the Honey Dew Donuts shop in Mashpee.
In the early evening of Oct. 7, a woman came into the shop, threatened the clerk, and took the register, which police later discovered a short distance away.
Around 7 p.m. Monday, Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins said, a woman walked into the Honey Dew shop and ordered an iced coffee.
"The next thing you know, she's disconnecting the cash register and walking out with it," Chief Collins said.
Speaking of the suspect in each case, Chief Collins said, "We believe they're one and the same."
The clerk at the shop during the first robbery described the suspect as a heavyset black woman standing about 5 feet, 5 inches. That clerk, however, could not speak English well.
The clerk during the second robbery, a different person, described the suspect as a white woman with a dark complexion, Chief Collins said. The second clerk could speak English well and gave the police a lot more detail about what she saw.
Read the story about the first robbery here.