Early morning warrant sweep nets eight people in Barnstable and Mashpee

Failure to appear in court and probation violations top the sweep list
(1st row l-r): Briggs, Deming; (2nd row l-r): Engelsen, Lumsden; (3rd row l-r): Myers, Perry; (4th row l-r): Pritchard, Wakanabo. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photos.

BARNSTABLE/MASHPEE - Eight people got an early morning wake up call Thursday morning courtesy of the Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) and the Massachusetts State Police. According to a Barnstable police release, SCU helped the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section plan the operation which began at 6 a.m. and ended at 8:30 a.m.

Most of the warrants were for failure to appear in court or probation violation. All arrests were made "without serious incident", according to police.

Six were apprehended in Barnstable and two were apprehended in Mashpee.  Only one of the eight, James C. Briggs, tried to run when police pulled over a car he was in in Hyannis.

The eight were transported to the Barnstable Police Station were they were processed then transferred to Barnstable District Court for arraignment.

According to police, the goal of the sweep was to capture people with outstanding felony warrants, violent crime warrants, drug warrants and probation violations. A similar sweep was conducted two years ago, according to police.

The eight were identified as:

  1. James C. Briggs, 27 of Hyannis, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, carrying a dangerous weapon, default warrant (probation violation)
  2. David R. Deming, 46 of Hyannis, default warrant (possession of a Class C drug), default warrant (license suspension), straight warrant (larceny over $250)
  3. Gloria M. Engelsen, 42 of Centerville, two default warrants (license suspension), default warrant (identity fraud), two straight warrants (license suspension)
  4. Neville L. Lumsden, 27 of Hyannis, default warrant (assault and battery with a dangerous weapon)
  5. John Myers, 25 of Mashpee, default warrant (assault and battery with a dangerous weapon), default warrant (license suspension),
  6. Brett R. Perry, 31 of Hyannis, default warrant (license suspension), default warrant (larceny over $250), default warrant (breaking and entering)
  7. Jeffrey Pritchard, 43 of Hyannis, straight warrant (assault and battery with a dangerous weapon)
  8. Robert Wakanabo, 50 of Mashpee, straight warrant (assault and battery/child with injury)

Mashpee recently joined SCU, greatly extended the successful unit's reach.


(1st row l-r): Briggs, Deming; (2nd row l-r): Engelsen, Lumsden; (3rd row l-r): Myers, Perry; (4th row l-r): Pritchard, Wakanabo. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photos.


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