(WHDH) A Westborough, Massachusetts man was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of kidnapping after he allegedly locked a Verizon worker in an airtight underground utility vault.
Howard Cook, 71, silently left court Wednesday after being accused of kidnapping and locking a man in an airtight vault.
Police said Cook was angry when a Verizon worker parked his work van on Cook's property. That worker's family was in court, and listened as prosecutors described how a ladder was removed. The vault was shut and heavy boulders placed on top to make sure no one could get out.
"Scary. When I heard the 911 call, I was frightened to hear my husband's voice, the shaking, the fear. I heard the fear in him. That was frightening," said Mary Hathaway the victim's wife.
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