Man faces kidnapping, suffocation, and other charges following ‘violent domestic attack’

Yarmouth police responded to a 911 hangup call around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Yarmouth police could only hear a woman shouting, “Help me,” in the background of a 911 call around 2:30 a.m. Thursday before it disconnected. However, authorities were able to find the woman and her baby, who were allegedly being held against their will in a home, with the help of technology, according to police.

Now, a man is facing a variety of charges for what police are calling a “violent domestic attack.”

The man, unnamed due to state laws used to protect survivors of domestic violence, is being charged with assault and battery-intimate relationship, assault while armed with a dangerous weapon, suffocation, kidnapping, intimidating a witness, and reckless endangerment of a child under age 18. He was held on $2,500 bail and scheduled for arraignment in Barnstable District Court Thursday morning, police said.


When multiple officers arrived at the home, the woman could be heard yelling, “Help me,” while her baby cried, according to police. The man was found in the home and arrested, authorities said.

The woman told police that the man, who she knows, allegedly broke into the home around 1 a.m. He started arguing with her and struck her multiple times, she said.

The woman reportedly headed for the basement and called 911, yelling for help. The suspect then allegedly took the phone, according to officials.

The fire department also responded to the address. The woman refused further medical treatment, police said.