HYANNIS – [HN NOTES] – The manager of a nearby restaurant ended up calling police after a man stumbled out onto Ocean Street from the area of the artist shanties at Bismore Park asking for help, saying he had just been jumped. (It all happened sometime after 11:00 p.m. last evening.)
The victim had a pretty good sized lump on his head and as he approached one man pleading for help, the man was at first taken aback and reluctant to get involved, not sure if it was some type of shakedown, as the barefoot victim appeared to be homeless.
Bismore Park, also known as the “Ocean Street Docks,” is a patch of well-trodden land that runs along the Hyannis Harbor waterfront between a paved public parking lot next to Spanky’s Clam Shack and another public parking area a block to the South, next to the Hy-Line ferries to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The park has a welcome center that houses restrooms and town “Gateway Greeters” that provide assistance and information to Hyannis visitors during the daytime hours. The entire area caters to tourists, local fishermen, and locals in general, with hotels and restaurants lining both sides of the street…
… needless to say, it’s a place that needs to be secured at all times for the safety of all visitors, fishermen, including locals – homeless or not.
By all appearances, Bismore Park appears to be a well civilized town property, complete with artist shanties and other signs of gentrification. A place where members of polite society should feel welcome and protected at all times…
… and for the most part, it is a “pretty safe” area.
Anecdotally, HN has observed that the area is typically free of violent crime, but it does happen to have “its moments” from time to time. Just last week there was stabbing about half a block to the North near the intersection of South Street and Ocean Street… (CLICK HERE for HN Video and coverage of that wild crime scene.)
… and by all accounts, the stabbing was the tail end of an altercation between homeless individuals – again, not that that should matter… everyone deserves to be free from violence while visiting the area of Main Street and the Ocean Street Docks – no exceptions.
Last evening’s victim was conscious and alert as he sat up speaking with attentive police officers and EMTs, applying a plastic bag of crushed ice to his young, 30-year-old noggin. He was eventually placed onto a stretcher and transported to CCH for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The Barnstable Police Department is in charge of the investigation.
No further details available at the time of this report… The following HN Video highlights the crime scene.
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