The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 31, 2009

Two charged in July 17 assault on East Meadow Lane

A 17-year-old Carlisle resident was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and the neighbor he attacked was subsequently charged with assault and battery and two counts of threatening in a late afternoon encounter on East Meadow Lane on July 17.

The minor was arrested at the scene, handcuffed and taken to the police station, where he was held until he was released on $750 dollars bail later that evening. As a condition of his release, he was ordered “to have no avoidable contact with the victim” until after his arraignment in the Concord District Court on Monday, July 20.

According to court records and the Carlisle Police, the youth said he was driving toward his home just before 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17. When he passed 75 East Meadow Lane, Robert Quinn, 45, who has been staying with his uncle at that address, saw the minor’s car and allegedly yelled, “Hey, punk, slow down.”

The minor then stopped, reversed, and got out of his vehicle. He was standing on the street when he claims Quinn grabbed for his throat and took him and slammed his head against the car. The minor says he used the pen knife at that point to defend himself. Quinn, who sustained “a large laceration to the hand,” according to the police report, also claimed self-defense by putting up his hand to stop the knife. Police notes mention “a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Mr. Quinn.”

Both parties call 911

The youth placed a 911 call at 5:21 p.m. and at 5:28 p.m. the Fire Department received a 911 call from Stephen Quinn, 75 East Meadow Lane, requesting medical assistance for his nephew. When EMTs arrived, Robert Quinn was called “extremely uncooperative” and combative and threatened both the fire captain and Captain J.J. Supple, who had responded as an EMT; for this reason a police escort was requested for the ambulance going to Emerson Hospital.

Quinn was interviewed in the emergency room by Sgt. Andrew Booth of the Carlisle Police, who noted that Quinn was extremely uncooperative. Despite being initially agitated in the hospital, Quinn later said the youth was “a good kid” and he did not want to see him get into any trouble.

The court has set a further hearing on the case for the youth on August 17 in Concord. Quinn will be summonsed to court at a later date. ∆

© 2009 The Carlisle Mosquito