February 12, 2009

Man arrested after seeking handcuff help

Police in Massachusetts said a man who asked officers for help removing handcuffs wound up in another pair when officers discovered warrants for his arrest.

Barnstable police said Allahmanamjad Barbel, 21, arrived at the police station at 2 p.m. Wednesday with a set of police-issue handcuffs dangling from one wrist, the Cape Cod (Mass.) Times reported Thursday.

Barbel told officers that his younger sister had slipped the handcuffs onto his wrist during a children's party in Hyannis, Mass. He said he decided to ask police for help after his family was unable to locate a key or cut through the Smith and Wesson police-issue handcuffs.

However, Barnstable police Sgt. Sean Sweeney said officers were suspicious and ran Barbel's name through the state warrant system. Officers were able to find a key to remove the cuffs from the 21-year-old's wrist, but they were soon replaced by a pair of the station's handcuffs when the search revealed warrants for driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, threatening to commit a crime and making annoying phone calls.

He asked if we used the cuffs he'd come in with, but no, we got a brand new set for him, Sweeney said.

Police said they were unable to discover the origin of the handcuffs Barbel was wearing when he arrived.