Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Come on, Joey. Halloween is over."

MA - Police arrested a Framingham man at gunpoint yesterday after he chased two women with a sharp lawn-edging tool, a prosecutor said yesterday in Framingham District Court.

Joseph Kenney, 48, is also charged with trying to illegally record police with his cellphone, prosecutor Christopher Baker said during Kenney's arraignment.

Police went to Elm Street yesterday around 1 a.m. to check on a large gathering in the street. There, they found Kenney chasing two women with a lawn edger, Baker said.

"The officers ordered him to drop it, and he didn't until the officers drew their weapons," Baker said.

Kenney complained that "those kids are always in my parking lot" so he confronted them, Baker said.

Police arrested Kenney, who lives at 10 Elm St., and initially charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

On the way to the police station, the officer noticed Kenney was using his phone, Baker said. Kenney told the officer he was recording him.

The officer said Kenney did not have permission to record his voice, but Kenney refused to stop. As a result, police charged Kenney with illegal wiretapping. (more)

True story. Only the street name has been changed to protect the innocent.