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Cape Cod home break-in leads to arrest, victims severely burned by boiling water



WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. – Yarmouth Police were called to a Rosetta Street residence early Saturday morning after receiving a 911 call for medical help. When officers arrived, they discovered a man suffering from severe burns to his chest, back and lower extremities.

Shortly before the call, a man had broken into the house through a bathroom window, displayed a knife and made threatening statements to the men inside. He made a gesture as if he was getting ready to stab one of them and a struggle ensued.

During the struggle, a pot of boiling water was used as a weapon, causing serious burns to both of the home’s occupants. The suspect then fled the house.

Following a K-9 track and canvassing by officers, the suspect, 32-year-old Christian Tenney, was located and taken into custody in Barnstable.

Tenney is charged with two counts of home invasion, two counts of assault and battery with dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and receiving stolen property.

The Yarmouth Police stated that this was a targeted incident and not a random act.



  1. Jake Perry

    November 13, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    Soak his feet in boiling water.

  2. Dave

    November 14, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Cut his eyelids off!

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