Barnstable police arrested several people for allegedly dealing cocaine following an investigation into a brutal attack that nearly killed a man behind a Hyannis bar in April, police said.
Barnstable police received reports of a stabbing at the Quarterdeck Lounge on Lyannough Road at about 1:30 a.m. April 22. Upon arrival, officers discovered a man suffering from multiple life-threatening stab wounds to his back. The victim, who has not been identified, was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where he nearly died from his injuries, Barnstable police said today in a statement.
Witnesses told police the victim had attempted to stop a man from physically attacking a woman during an argument behind the building. As he tried to protect her, a group of at least 10 people exited the bar and began attacking him, leaving him “pummeled, kicked, and stabbed,” police said.
Following an investigation, Barnstable detectives identified Eric Brando Jr., 22, of Hyannis as one of the attackers. Narcotics detectives joined the investigation upon learning Brando was on bail on multiple drug charges in Barnstable Superior Court.
Police obtained a search warrant for Brando’s home on Pepper Lane where he lived with his father, 40-year-old Eric Brando Sr. When police arrived to execute the warrant Thursday afternoon, the son fled the property on a moped, hitting a fence and leading officers on a chase down Route 132, police said.
The younger Brando was arrested after he was found hiding in an apartment at the Cape Crossroads Condominium on Bearses Way, and was charged with driving a moped without a license, failure to stop for a police officer, and destruction of property. He was also charged with aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to murder in the bar attack, officials said.
The suspect’s father was arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs after police discovered 28 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, and approximately $2,000 in cash inside his home, police said.
As officers executed the search warrant, two Hyannis residents, identified as Raena Ketch, 31, and Richard Roser, 38, were stopped attempting to leave the home. Officers discovered Ketch was carrying a bag of cocaine, and he was arrested on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute.
Roser was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws, police said.
Another man, identified as Matthew Fisher, 36, of Wareham, was arrested when he arrived at the home while police were searching it. Police discovered he had outstanding warrants for driving with a suspended license. He was also charged with threatening to commit a crime.
All the suspects, except for Fisher, were arraigned today in Barnstable District Court, a court clerk said. Fisher’s arraignment was rescheduled for Friday.
Eric Brando Jr. pleaded not guilty to all charges and was held on $15,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court July 15 for a pretrial hearing.
Eric Brando Sr. pleaded not guilty, and was held on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing July 22.
Ketch and Roser both pleaded not guilty and were released. They are scheduled to return to court July 14 for their pretrial hearings.Catalina Gaitan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.