Yarmouth Police arrest man after girlfriend reports weekend beating to Malden Police

Yarmouth Police arrest man after girlfriend reports weekend beating to Malden Police

Charges include felony kidnapping and assault with intent to murder


   Dennis M. O'Connell, Jr., arrested by the Yarmouth Police and charged with kidnapping and assault in connection with an incident that took place Friday night in West Yarmouth. YPD booking photo.

WEST YARMOUTH - On Saturday, January 8, 2011 around 7 p.m., the Yarmouth Police Department received information from the Malden Police Department that a serious unreported beating had occurred in a room at the Cove Resort in West Yarmouth sometime Friday night.  The Malden Police Department had received the information directly from the victim who had returned to Malden after staying at the Cove Resort with her boyfriend.  The Malden Police assisted the victim by obtaining an Emergency Protective Order and made arrangements for the victim and her mother to meet with Yarmouth Police Officers to report the crime.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Michael Zontini and Patrol Sergeant Patrick Carty met with the 20-year-old woman at Yarmouth Police Headquarters and confirmed that she had been severely beaten.  She was visibly upset when speaking with officers and had fresh strangulation marks on her neck. She told officers about several--until now--unreported attacks and abuse at the hands of her boyfriend.

Yarmouth Police developed probable cause to arrest her boyfriend and shortly before 9 p.m., went to room 306 at the resort and attempted to speak with him.  Dennis M. O'Connell, Jr., 35, of Medford, MA, would not initially allow Patrol Officer Zontini and Patrol Officer Paulo Cruz into the room.  The officers were able to gain entry into the room and located O'Connell standing naked in a back room.

O'Connell was arrested and brought to Yarmouth Police Headquarters where he was charged with:

  • Felony Kidnapping
  • Felony Assault and Battery while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Felony Intimidation of a Government Witness
  • Felony Assault with Intent to Murder
  • Assault and Battery

After completing the booking process, he was held overnight on $500 cash bail and was scheduled for arraignment in Barnstable District Court Monday.

Release and booking photo courtesy of the Yarmouth Police Department.

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