Real Life Somerville Police Stories:James CAPOBIANCO (Disorderly, City Ordinance)


On 07/14/2017 I was dispatched to 62 Main Street for an alleged dispute that was taking place between a Male party, who would be identified as James Capobianco, and a cleanup crew who was on location at the request of Inspectional Services. While I was in route to 62 Main Street I was updated by Somerville Dispatch that there may have been an assault that had taken place at this location as well. Officer Soares (East 3), Officer Schneider (East 1) and Officer Pasqualino (West 5) also responded to assist.


I would like to note that Mr. Capobianco is known to collect large amounts of refuse and keep it on the grounds located at 62 Main Street. Inspectional services was called to the above location to assess the amount of refuse stored on the property. Once the inspection was completed it was determined that said trash created a fire hazard and needed to be removed


The City of Somerville Inspectional Services hired a cleanup crew and responded to the residence along with a representative from the Somerville Fire Prevention Bureau. Once the cleanup was under way Mr. Capobianco began actively interfering with the removal of the refuse on the property. While on location Mr. Capobianco engaged in tumultuous behavior that served no legitimate purpose. Mr. Capobianco continuously approached the workers on location, ripping items out of their grasp despite many warnings not to do so.


I would also like to note that while officers were on location trying to curb Mr. Capobianco’s behavior people were slowing down in their vehicles to see what was going on. There were other residence that had come out of their homes to see what the commotion was as well. I tried to explain to Mr. Capobianco that his behavior amounted to a breach of the peace and that he could be placed into custody for disorderly conduct.


Several attempts were made by officers to get Mr. Capobianco to go to the hospital to speak with a clinician about the complex range of emotions that Mr. Capobianco was experiencing while the refuse was being removed from the property. Unfortunately that tactic yielded negative results. After several more warnings about interfering with the cleanup Mr. Capobianco once again approached someone aggressively ripping some miscellaneous paperwork out of his hands. At this point I placed Mr. Capobianco under arrest for Disorderly Conduct as well as the violation of City Ordinance Section 5-10 for obstruction of Fire Prevention Bureau personnel.


Respectfully submitted,

Officer Joseph S. Teves # 297

Somerville Police Dept.

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