Woman found at Harwich motel, beaten and raped, still unable to speak to police; OUI (2nd Offense) arrest in Truro Saturday; Police nab Harwich man after breaking into car, stealing credit cards

Woman found at Harwich motel, beaten and raped last week, still unconscious

HARWICH - A woman who was found unconscious on the floor of a Harwich hotel Friday morning, January 14, 2011, is still unable to communicate what happened according to the Harwich Police Department. 

Videographer/Photographer David Curran's original interview with Harwich Police Officer Aram Goshgarian. The original story is here.

The woman was found by Wally Cunningham, the owner of the Wishing Well Motel on Route 28, while doing his morning rounds. Cunningham saw the door to the woman's room ajar and when he looked in, he found her in the middle of what was first thought to be a medical emergency.  The Harwich Fire Department was called and arrived at the scene with members of the Harwich Police Department.

During a police  investigation and the subsequent examination and treatment at Cape Cod Hospital where the unidentified woman in her 40s was transported, it was determined that she had been the victim of a brutal beating and rape

The woman's condition has been upgraded but she is still unable to communicate what happened to authorities as of Sunday afternoon. She remains in the care of the Hyannis hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Jacek or Detective  Marc Harris at 508-430-7541.

Source: Harwich Police Department.

OUI (2nd Offense) arrest in Truro Saturday

TRURO - The Truro Police Department responded toover 60 calls during the period of Monday, January 10 through Sunday, January 16 including reports ofa suspicious vehicle as well as offering mutual aidto other police and municipal departments.  One arrest was made during this period.

Release and booking photo courtesy of the Truro Police Department.

Arrested PersonCharges, Location

On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:56 a.m., Michele Lisa Cannava, 37, of Provincetown, was arrested by Officer Jeremiah Valli on Highland Road in North Truro and charged with OUI Liquor 2nd Offense, Marked Lanes Violations and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Police nab Harwich man after breaking into car, stealing purse and credit card

HARWICH - On Monday, January 3 at 9 p.m., Patrol Officer Peter Petell was sent to a residence in West Harwich to take a report of a theft from a vehicle.  The victim had her purse stolen out of the vehicle while it was parked at a local restaurant. 

Lukas Ellis faces a slew of charges including credit card theft. HPD Booking Photo.

The woman told Officer Petell that she had been contacted by one of her credit card companies to tell her that her credit card had been used four times within a 15 minute time span at local businesses.

Officer Petell conducted an extensive follow-up investigation that involved collection of surveillance footage that showed a suspect vehicle as well as a transaction in which the victim’s credit card can clearly be viewed being used to purchase cigarettes.  The footage also showed a physical description of the suspect as well as the clothing that he was wearing.

Officer Petell’s investigation led him to identify a suspect and obtain a warrant for his arrest.  Lukas Ellis, 22, of Harwich was located at a residence in Harwichport and placed under arrest by Patrol Officers Mark Holmes and Joseph Labelle.

Ellis has been charged with one count of Possession of a Stolen Credit Card, four counts of Improper Use of a Credit Card, four counts of Larceny Under $250, two counts of Forgery and two counts of Uttering.

Release and booking photo courtesy of the Harwich Police Department.

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