Yarmouth Police nab armed nighttime home invader; Homeless man arrested for shoplifting in South Dennis Tuesday; Harwich weekly arrests include OUI, assault and battery and larceny

Yarmouth Police nab armed nighttime home invader

19-year-old Dennis man charged with felony assault and battery and larceny

BASS RIVER - On Monday, September 6, 2010 at approximately 8:23 p.m., the Yarmouth Police Department received a frantic emergency 911 call from a woman reporting that her husband had just been violently attacked by an unknown male during a home invasion on South Street in the Bass River portion of South Yarmouth.  Yarmouth Police Dispatcher Patrol Officer Kevin Antonovitch was able to obtain and broadcast a description of the suspect as Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Raymond Scichilone, Mark Noone, Paul Mellett, Sean Brewer, Sean Gannon and K9 Officer Mark Thibeault, as well as members of the Massachusetts State Police, responded to the scene.

Alan Menchin, 19, of South Dennis.

As police units arrived and saturated the immediate area, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Steven Culver spotted a male matching the description of the suspect in the area of the Bass River Beach which was less than ¼ mile from the scene.  Trooper Culver detained the suspect as Yarmouth Police Patrol Sergeant John Fallon arrived and assisted in the on-scene investigation.  The detained suspect was soaking wet and had fresh blood on his white t-shirt and cuts on his hands and was found to have property stolen from the home. He was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters.

Yarmouth Police Detective Eric Nuss and Barnstable County Crime Scene Investigators William Jacques and Tim Wallace conducted crime scene management and evidence collection services.

Detective Nuss further interviewed the victim, who had been treated at the scene by members of the Yarmouth Fire Department for numerous lacerations to his head and face and transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.  The victim and his wife were able to provide a detailed description of what had occurred stating that the suspect had broken into the residence and attacked the male occupant as he was seated in the living room watching television.  When his wife heard him screaming she ran downstairs and observed the suspect beating her husband with a glass candlestick and his fists. The husband, a retired United States Marine World War II Veteran, fought back fiercely and the suspect fled out a door and into the riverfront area.

The suspect has been identified as Alan Menchin, 19, of Middle Street in South Dennis. He was charged with Felony Assault and Battery While Armed with a Dangerous Weapon on a Person Over 60, Felony Home Invasion, Felony Assault and Battery Causing Serious Injury and Felony Larceny from a Building.

Menchin was held overnight on $10,000 bail and was transported Tuesday morning to the Barnstable District Court for arraignment.

Release and mugshot courtesy of the Yarmouth Police Department.

Homeless man arrested for shoplifting in South Dennis Tuesday

SOUTH DENNIS - At approximately 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, officers were dispatched to the Cumberland Farms on Route 134 in South Dennis for a report of a shoplifter who had just run from the store when confronted by an employee.

Upon arrival officers were informed by store personnel that a barefoot white male had just shoplifted several items of food and ran in a southerly direction from the store when confronted.

Officers began a search of the area and the subject was located approximately 20 minutes later by Ptlmn. Tom Murray, in a wooded area on the south side of the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  The subject, identified as Joshua Wallce, 28, homeless, was placed under arrest for shoplifting.

Wallace was transported to Orleans District Court for arraignment the same morning.

Release courtesy of the Dennis Police Department.

Harwich arrests of the week include OUI, assault and battery and larceny

HARWICH - During the period of Sunday, August 29 through Sunday, September 5, 2010, the men and women of the Harwich PoliceDepartmentresponded to 335 calls for service. The arrestsbelow are a few of those resulting from the week's activity.

Release and photos courtesy of the Harwich Police Department.

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Arrested PersonCharges, Arresting Officer

Thomas Pearl, 51 of Orleans, was arrested by Patrol Officer Brian Cranshaw for Violation of a Protective Order after the victim went to the Harwich Police Department and reported the violation. Pearl was arrested later in the evening after agreeing to come in to the department and speak with Patrol Officer Cranshaw.
NO IMAGEJames Salts, 53, of Harwich was arrested by Patrol Officer Aram Goshgarian and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace. Salts was arrested after a disturbance call at a town boat ramp.

Andrew Ottino, 22, of Harwich, was arrested by Patrol Sergeant John Sullivan after a traffic stop on Bank Street and charged with OUI Liquor, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and one civil violation.

Marlene Corey, 37, of Ellington, CT, was arrested by Patrol Officer Brian Cranshaw during a domestic violence call on Betty's Lane and charged with Assault and Battery.

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