A jury didn’t believe the teenager’s insanity defense. Defense attorneys described him as a severely mentally ill 14-year-old who was in the throes of psychosis when he killed Colleen Ritzer
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A woman was raped and another woman and man violently beaten with baseball bats during a home invasion in Barnstable early Friday morning, police said.
Justin Garber, 20, of Hyannis, and Steven Roderick, 34, of Hyannis, are accused of breaking into the home through a locked basement door.
The two women and the man at the home were immediately attacked by Garber and Roderick who demanded money, Barnstable police said. One of the women was then sexually assaulted.
The man who owned the home managed to escape and run to a neighbor’s house for help, police said.
(NewsCenter 5 is withholding the address of the home, so as to not identify the victims.)
Roderick and Garber, who were found a short distance from the home, were each charged with three counts of armed home invasion and one count of aggravated rape.
Roderick was held on $200,000 bail and Garber was held on $100,000 bail at their arraignment Friday in Barnstable District Court.
WORCESTER, Mass. — A Worcester police officer has been charged with aggravated rape, the department said Tuesday.
According to court records, in August 2013 Officer Rajat Sharda allegedly asked a woman what she would do to avoid being arrested, the Telegram.com reported.
The woman filed a formal complaint with police at the time and an investigation had been ongoing since then, the department said.
The woman told investigators that the officer exposed himself to her and raped her digitally, according to court records cited by Telegram. com, and threatened her to keep her quiet.
The woman told police that Sharda said she “better not talk about this and if she did, he would find her, her children and her family,” according to the records.
Sharda, who had been on restricted duty during the investigation, was charged with aggravated rape, open and gross lewdness and intimidation of a witness.
His attorney called the charges “outrageous.”
Sharda was placed on administrative leave and released on $7,540 cash bail.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. —A Longmeadow teenager is facing additional charges in connection with a rape at the University of Massachusetts.
Patrick Durocher pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of aggravated rape, aggravated assault and battery and kidnapping.
Durocher had been arraigned only on the aggravated rape charge in district court.
Prosecutors say the 18-year-old Durocher choked and raped the woman he did not know outside on the Amherst campus on Sept. 2. He and the women were students.
School officials say he is no longer enrolled.
He is free on $10,000 bail with GPS monitoring and other conditions.
Neither he nor his lawyer commented.
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