YARMOUTH – Yarmouth police arrested and charged a man with animal cruelty for killing a kitten.
Randall B. Newell Jr., 46, was arraigned on the charges this morning.
Yarmouth Police Officers were dispatched Tuesday at 10:10 to a Jerusha Lane home in West Yarmouth for a disturbance that involved fighting over a kitten that was seriously injured by a roommate.
According to police, Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Nicholas Giammarco was first police officer to arrive on scene. Giammarco approached the residence and was met by the homeowner of the rental property who pointed inside the residence and told the officer to go inside because someone had injured a cat. At that time, another resident, a woman, came running outside and hysterically told the officer that Randy Newell had just killed a kitten.
Giammarco entered the residence and made his way up the stairs. He was met at the top by a woman who was visibly shaken up, crying, and holding an orange kitten wrapped in a towel. In order to check on its well-being, the officer asked the woman remove the towel from its head and determined to be it to be deceased. The woman told Giammarco that Randy Newell killed the kitten and said Newell was in a back bedroom.
Police said, Giammarco approached the back room with caution because Newell has over 48 prior criminal charges in Massachusetts. Giammarco located Newell sitting on the edge of the bed, putting his shoes on. His pants were covered in blood spatter and he had a blank look on his face. Newell was told to stand up and he did not comply. He was again told to stand up and as he did he came to his feet and bowed up in an aggressive manner. Giammarco drew his taser and warned him to stop resisting and Newell subsequently complied with the orders and he was handcuffed and placed under arrest.
Fellow Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officers Mike Zontini, Kevin Antonovitch, and K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault arrived on scene and assisted in the investigation.
Yarmouth Animal Control and Protection Officer Trish Cunningham; as well as Crime Scene Investigator William Jacques of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit were called out and assisted also in the investigation.
Newell was processed at Yarmouth Police Headquarters in West Yarmouth—held overnight—and was transported to the Barnstable District Court for arraignment this morning.
The Yarmouth Police Department has been to the Jerusha Lane home approximately 100 times in the past year for incidents involving disturbances, drug offenses, intoxicated persons, assaults, and noise complaints, according to Yarmouth police.
The homeowner and several tenants are the subject of numerous past and ongoing criminal and civil investigations with cases pending in court led by the Yarmouth Police Department Proactive Anti-Crime Unit and the town of Yarmouth Code Enforcement Team, according to Yarmouth police.
Anyone with additional information about this incident or residence is asked to contact Yarmouth Police Department Lieutenant Patrick Carty at 508-775-0445 extension 2116.