BPD UPDATE –
Dennisport Man Arrested for Home Invasion and Firearms Charges
At approximately 10am on Monday July 4, 2022 the Barnstable Police received a 911 call from a Centerville resident reporting that a masked individual entered their home brandishing a firearm. As part of the description the victim advised officers that the suspect was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet. During the investigation Barnstable Police were able to determine that the suspect was 29 year old William Benton of Dennisport, MA. A short time later Benton was taken into custody by members of the Cape Cod Regional SWAT team the Barnstable Police Department, Dennis Police Department, and Yarmouth Police Department. As a result of the investigation and search warrants executed by Barnstable Detectives several pieces of evidence were recovered, to include a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle and a magazine containing 21 rounds of ammunition.
Benton is being charged with Home Invasion, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (firearm), Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm without an LTC. Benton was ordered held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment at Barnstable District Court Tuesday July 5, 2022.
INITIAL HN REPORT:
CENTERVILLE – [DEVELOPING] – As you will hear in the following HN radio transmission recording, yesterday morning – Sunday, July 4, 2022 – Barnstable Police rushed toward a home on Skunknet Road after receiving a call from one of the residents, reporting that an armed intruder had just entered with a “M16” style rifle, climbed the stairs and began yelling at his roommate. The male intruder was reportedly masked and the residents of the home had no idea who he was, according to radio transmissions. The intruder fled the area prior to officers arriving on scene. Barnstable Police detectives became involved in the investigation. HN spoke with a police source early this morning and he was unable to comment because the investigation was ongoing… he did say there would likely be a media statement at some point and HN will update this story as official details become available. At the time of this report, however, it is unknown if this was an isolated incident or not…
The following HN recording contains emergency call audio related to yesterday’s scene…
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