File Photos: Patrolman Jenkins at a separate disturbance scene today on Bearses Way, where someone was reportedly waiving around a stick with a nail in it, according to radio transmissions… (the fight in today’s report happened yesterday)…
HYANNIS – Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Barnstable Police Patrolman Brian Jenkins was dispatched to the Salvation Army for a report of large fight involving multiple people.
When Patrolman Jenkins arrived on scene, he observed two males down on the ground fighting in the middle of the street, while another male and female stood next to the ongoing fight.
Patrolman Jenkins immediately left his cruiser in the middle of the intersection and ran toward the combatants. The suspect had his fingers inserted inside the other man’s mouth, using his fingers in a “fishhook style” hold, while yanking the man’s face to the side, according to the police report.
The man with the fingers inside his mouth was screaming loudly for help as best he could.
Patrolman Jenkins yelled at both combatants to separate, but both men continued to roll around with each other on the pavement and into a garden at the corner of the intersection.
It was then Patrolman Jenkins needed to spray pepper spray into their faces, which caused them to briefly separate.
Only separated for just seconds, the main suspect suddenly lunged and grabbed the other man by the throat.
Patrolman Jenkins then needed to use more pepper spay, an arm bar, along with drawing his Taser to help him and another officer finally secure the suspect in handcuffs. He did not need to deploy his Taser after all, but that was not the end of having to go “hands on” with this particular suspect…
The suspect was screaming and kicking when officers tried to secure him in the back of a cruiser, and on the way to the station the suspect reportedly was wishing officers would eventually die of cancer (which isn’t very nice…), while also calling them “pieces of shit,” and angrily spitting blood all over the cruiser’s prisoner compartment.
Rescue evaluated the suspect in the police department booking area, where they found minor cuts on his face and stated the rest of his complaints were related to being exposed to the pepper spray and could only heal after time.
The suspect once again became combative with officers during the process of them helping him with his cuts and his exposure to the pepper spray. The suspect was not handcuffed at this point… and he became irate, demanding more and more water to wash the spray away… which led to more flailing on the booking room floor as officers wrestled with him trying to re-secure him in handcuffs…
According to the report, when officers let him up, the suspect “turned his head and intentionally spit blood” towards Patrolman Jenkin’s face. Thankfully the blood and saliva missed the officer’s face, but the spit did hit the upper part of the officer’s shirt. The suspect then continued to spit blood as other officers stepped in to help get the suspect into a cell until he eventually calmed down.
The report identifies the suspect as Andrew M. Freitas, age 24, of 119 Baxter Road in Hyannis. A HN computer check confirmed that 119 Baxter Road is an address operated by “Homeless Not Hopeless,” a program for local homeless individuals. Nobody answered the phone when HN called today to inquire whether Freitas was a resident or a member of staff.
Freitas was charged with several felonies and misdemeanors, including Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, A&B Strangulation, A&B on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct.
The day’s trouble reportedly started when Freitas was sleeping on the ground outside of the Salvation Army on North Street. Freitas was woken up by some noise in the area and that’s when he began fighting others. At one point he violently swung a bag full of his personal items into a woman’s face.
The bag reportedly contained 2 shirts, 3 socks, 1 stick of deodorant, 1 electric razor, 1 tube of toothpaste, 3 mini bottles of lotion, 1 toothbrush, 1 empty prescription bottle, 1 pack of Extenze pills, 1 disposable razor, 2 [electrical] wires, and 1 Dunkin Donuts visor…
Freitas was held on $1500 bail after his arraignment today in Barnstable District Court…