Tisbury Police arrest Cambridge teen for rape


Tisbury Police arrested Eliot Blume-Pickle, 18, of Cambridge Tuesday morning on a charge that he raped a 17-year-old girl at a party last week. Police labeled the crime “acquaintance rape,” and said it occurred in the early morning hours of June 25.

Mr. Blume-Pickle was arraigned on charges of rape by force and assault and battery, in Edgartown District Court Tuesday. The court entered a not-guilty plea. He was released after posting $5,000 cash bail.

Mr. Blume-Pickle spends summers on the Vineyard at a family home on Kuffies Point Way in the Northern Pines section of Tisbury. The 3,448 square foot house where the incident occurred is owned by Judy Blume Trustees, according to assessors’ records.

Several teenagers and one adult relative of Mr. Blume-Pickle were in the house, according to police. Police do not believe the adult, who was not identified in the police report, made contact with the teenagers during the evening.

“At one point, the defendant was alone in one section of the house with the victim,” Tisbury police detective Mark Santon said. “The other teenagers had gone to get some food. He lifted the girl, carried her into a bedroom, and forced her on the bed.”

Police said they believe the teenagers in the house were drinking alcohol, but they don’t know yet whether the young people took advantage of alcohol in the house or whether they brought it to the house.

“We’re looking into the fact that alcohol is involved, and none of the people involved appear to be over 21,” Det. Santon said. “It’s being investigated.”

At the time of Mr. Blume-Pickle’s arrest, police executed a search warrant at the house and seized biological evidence, according to Det. Santon.

Mr. Santon said the victim reported the crime to her mother, who took her to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital emergency room, when police were called, as the law requires.