UPDATE – Actual BPD Press Statement:
A Harwich man was arrested by Barnstable Police early this morning in connection with
a double stabbing in Hyannis. At about 1:20 am Barnstable Police were called to a
Yarmouth Rd. address regarding reports of a stabbing. Officers encountered a 26-yearold
male and 26-year-old female who suffered what appeared to be wounds caused by a
bladed object. The male sustained several puncture wounds to his abdominal area while
the female received laceration wounds to her arms. Both victims are Hyannis residents.
Witnesses described the assailant as a black male wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts and
driving a black sedan. The suspect and male victim were engaged in an argument in the
parking lot when it suddenly turned violent. The female victim attempted to intervene,
resulting in the aforementioned injuries. The suspect then fled the area in the black
Investigation revealed the suspect to be 28-year-old James Metellus of Harwich.
Barnstable Police notified Harwich Police of the incident, and they were able to intercept
Metellus as he returned to his home. Metellus was detained and later placed under arrest
by Barnstable Police. He is charged with Aggravated Assault & Battery by Means of a
Dangerous Weapon and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. He is due for
arraignment in Barnstable District Court this morning.
Both victims were taken to Cape Cod Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.
No further information on their conditions was available.
Initial HN Coverage:
HYANNIS – [DEVELOPING] – A man was down on the ground bleeding from the abdomen as HN arrived and began rolling on video.
The time was approximately 1:26 AM when officers began responding 26 Yarmouth Road.
A female victim, described as having a stab wound to her arm was already being treated inside the second ambulance to arrive on scene.
Police worked the scene, trying to gather and put out information about the person who plunged some type of weapon into both victims.
The suspect was said to have fled the area in a black vehicle.
A short time later, police in Harwich secured a vehicle and possibly the person responsible for the bloodshed. Barnstable Police responded and may have taken someone into custody…
There was no further information available at the time of this report. Please check back later for updates. [DEVELOPING]
4:15 AM UPDATE: According to sources, police have a suspect in custody. The suspect was located and arrested in Harwich. HN observed an “on call” Barnstable Police Detective inside police headquarters entering the booking area this morning. It’s still a very active investigation and the BPD will likely be releasing additional information as the investigation unfolds. Also, according to sources, at this time, both suspects are expected to survive their stab wounds…