Holiday steps up business for law enforcement
The July 4 holiday weekend kept Island police departments hopping. Among the towns, the Oak Bluffs Police Department topped the list for the most calls.
Oak Bluffs police made seven arrests and took eight people into protective custody from Friday through Sunday, while answering 148 calls.
An assault and robbery of two victims on the beach and a motor vehicle accident that almost involved Oak Bluffs Police Chief Erik Blake were among incidents highlighted in a weekend log summary by Sgt. Michael Marchand.
The alleged assault and robbery occurred on the town beach across from Ocean Park on July 4 at 10:30 pm. While responding to an unrelated call on Seaview Avenue, Oak Bluffs bicycle patrol officers saw a man on the beach knock another young man to the ground. As they approached the scene, two men fled in different directions on foot.
The patrol officers found two victims, including one young man who had been knocked unconscious for about 10 minutes and another who had been struck with a large rock and suffered a serious facial injury. Both victims had their wallets, cell phones, and cash taken from them.
Sgt. Marchand said the incident was a random act of violence and the alleged assailants did not know their victims.
"Our guys did a real good job on that case," Lt. Timothy Williamson said in a phone call Monday. "They found out the possible suspects were going to leave Sunday on the fast ferry to Rhode Island, waited for the morning ferry and interviewed them, and then subsequently arrested them."
Oak Bluffs police arrested Alex Daignault, age 19, and Trevor Bryn, age 18, both of Bethel, Conn. Charges applied for against Mr. Daignault included unarmed robbery, assault and battery causing serious personal injury, and assault and battery. Mr. Bryn's charges included armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the rock), and assault and battery causing serious personal injury.
In a second incident near Ocean Park at 11:50 pm Saturday night, Chief Blake was driving an unmarked police cruiser on patrol on Seaview Avenue near Farm Park Road and was forced to drive onto the road's shoulder when an oncoming vehicle swerved into his lane.
Chief Blake turned the cruiser around to pursue the car, and signaled the driver to pull over near Ocean Park. Before coming to a stop, the driver struck an occupied parked car with his vehicle, and then struck a second car, pushing it into a third vehicle. There were no injuries.