Dennis police make quick work of catching armed home invader

29-year-old suspect found wandering in the area of the crime scene
Robert Shanahan is accused of breaking into a West Dennis home and attacking a man with a hammer. Dennis Police Dept. booking photo.

WEST DENNIS - Less than a day after a unknown suspect broke into a West Dennis home and attacked the resident, Dennis police had him in cuffs.

According to police, 29-year-old Robert Shanahan of 230 Route 28 in West Dennis allegedly entered a home on Susan Way in West Dennis Sunday night around 7:30 p.m. armed with a knife and hammer. Shanahan reportedly attacked the 56-year-old male resident and fled the home after a scuffle.  The 48-year-old female resident who called 911 was not injured during the break-in.

Shanahan, who matched the physical description given to police, was seen walking in the area of Loring Ave. and Ferry Street, not far from the Susan Way home around 10:20 a.m. Monday morning. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Dennis Police Station where he was booked and charged with armed assault in a dwelling, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit murder, according to Dennis police.

He was scheduled to be arraigned in Orleans District Court Monday afternoon.

The male victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where he was treated for multiple head and facial injuries caused by hammer blows. He was released from the hospital.

Although the incident is still under investigation, police do not believe this was a random attack.


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