Falmouth police: Two arrested in connection with alleged abduction attempt

A tip led police to Dennis and Bruce Bartlett
Dennis Bartlett (left) and Bruce Bartlett (right) were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the attempted abduction of a Lawrence Middle School student. David G. Curran photos.

FALMOUTH - Falmouth police have arrested two brothers in connection with an abduction attempt Wednesday morning. According to a Falmouth police release, a Lawrence Middle School student told police she had been approached while waiting at her bus stop in East Falmouth. She did not get in the white work van she described to police.

Police put out the call via local media and social media for two white men with beards and tattoos. Falmouth Public Schools notified parents of Falmouth school children on this, the last day of school in town. 

Later in the afternoon, police announced they were looking for a white 2002 Ford van with registration 552WG1 and the two men they were looking for were 60-year-old Dennis Barlett (white, brown hair, blue eyes, 5'9", 150 lbs) and 61-year-old Bruce Barlett (white, gray hair, green eyes, 5'9", 190 lbs).

Police had outstanding warrants for both men for attempted abduction, enticing a minor and conspiracy. By early evening Falmouth police announced they had the pair in custody. 

According to a Falmouth police release, officers found the two men after a tipster called to report seeing two subjects matching their description in the Palmer Ave. area.

Both men will be arraigned in Falmouth District Court Thursday. 

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