UPDATED: Chatham Police make arrest in alleged carjacking and motor vehicle crash

Joseph M. Bopp

CHATHAM – Update: Chatham Police report that on Tuesday at approximately 10:15 PM, Chatham Police responded to a disturbance at a residence 784 Main Street. Prior to police arrival, it was reported that a male subject left the scene after stealing a motor vehicle. Based on the description given, police observed the alleged stolen vehicle operating recklessly on Orleans Road, (Route 28). Officers observed the vehicle operating recklessly, and then cross into the town of Harwich, and then lost sight of the vehicle.

On Wednesday at approximately 12:10 AM, Officers from the Orleans Police Department located the wanted vehicle crashed and abandoned on Shoal Lane, (Orleans).

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at approximately 12:38 AM, Chatham Police responded to a motor vehicle crash at Jack Knife Landing, located just off Orleans Road in Chatham. Upon arrival, officers located a 48 year old female, (Harwich resident) who reported that a white male approached her car at the landing and that the white male forcibly removed her from her vehicle. The male then attempted to flee from the scene. The male subject crashed and rolled the Toyota FJ Cruiser over onto its roof into Pleasant Bay. The female victim observed the male exit the vehicle and flee the area on foot.

Officers from the Chatham, Harwich and Orleans Police Departments, and a K9 from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the search.

On Wednesday at approximately 08:45 AM, Chatham officers who were monitoring the residence of the initial disturbance call on Tuesday evening, observed a male enter the property who matched the description of the white male suspect.

Based on the investigation, Chatham Police identified and arrested: Joseph M. Bopp, 27, of Chatham and Norwood, MA.

He has been charged with:
From Tuesday:
Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Speeding, Marked Lane Violations
Operating without Head/Tail Lights
Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
Fail to Stop for Police
Assault on a Family/Household Member

He has been charged with:
Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Assault and Battery by Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle)
Assault and Battery
Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash

Joseph M. Bopp also has several Default Arrest Warrants that were open.
Mr. Bopp has been transported to the Orleans District Court for arraignment.

This investigation is still ongoing and further charges may be issued.

The Chatham Police Department thanks the following agencies for their valuable assistance in this case:
The Harwich Police Department
The Orleans Police Department
The Brewster Police Department
The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, K9 and Bureau of Criminal Investigation
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Previous story: The Chatham Police Department is investigating an alleged carjacking incident that was reported on or about 12:38 AM, on Wednesday morning.

Police responded to Jackknife Landing, located off Orleans Road (Route 28) at the Chatham-Harwich Town Line and found an overturned vehicle, A Toyota FJ Cruiser, in the water. Police located the vehicle’s owner, a 48-year-old female who resides in Harwich, at the scene. The female reported to police that a white male approached her vehicle and forcibly removed her from the vehicle. The male then attempted to flee the area in the vehicle, but the male crashed the vehicle in the water. The victim then observed the male subject flee the area on foot.

Earlier on Tuesday evening at approximately 10:15 PM,. Chatham Police were investigating a report of a stolen vehicle, from a residence in Chatham, being operated by a white male that was last seen on Orleans Road traveling into the town of Harwich. That stolen vehicle, a 1999 Mercury Sedan, was later discovered crashed and abandoned in the town of Orleans.

Police are investigating the possible connection of these two incidents and the identification of the male subject involved.

Other involved agencies: Harwich Police Department, Orleans Police Department, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department K9 and Crime Scene Services.
Media release and photos furnished by Chatham Police

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