Verizon worker thankful 911 operator could hear him now

Police say man locked technician inside telecommunications vault

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A Verizon technician, working inside of an underground telecommunications vault, was forced to summon the police via 911 after a 71-year-old man closed the cover and piled stones on the lid, causing the worker to fear he might suffocate.

This occurred Monday in Westborough, Mass., which is a town over from where I live. According to a report in the MetroWest Daily News:

Westborough Police Chief Alan Gordon said Tuesday morning that a Verizon technician called police just before 3:30 p.m. Monday to report he was locked inside an underground vault at the intersection of Research Drive and Connector Road.

The responding officer found that large rocks had been piled on the cover of the vault to prevent the worker from exiting, Gordon said.

The technician told police he was working inside the vault when a man started yelling down at him before removing the ladder from the vault and barricading the cover, Gordon said.

Police identified the suspect as Howard W. Cook, 71, of 12 Chestnut St., Westborough, and mediated the dispute, which began because Cook was upset that the Verizon worker parked on the grass at his business, Westboro Self Storage.

The Verizon worker was not injured.

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Cook is facing a variety of charges including kidnapping.

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