Western Mass meets the Old West

Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak
Somewhere in this town
See me and the boys we don’t like it
So were getting up and going down

-“Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy

“Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak” Thin Lizzy sang.

No mention as to whether members of the 70’s Irish rock band will be charged as accomplices to brother’s 26-year-old Kenneth Jean-Babets and 24-year-old Patrick Jean-Babets ill-fated attempt to break their little brother out of jail Monday in Sunderland.

Sunderland police say 22-year-old Stephen Jean-Babets was being held at the station on a traffic warrant in lieu of $270 bail Monday when big brothers concocted a scheme to bust little brother out of the holding cell. The oldest two brothers rushed the Sunderland police station with a knife and attacked Chief Jeffrey Gilbert.

According to The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Chief Gilbert and Officer Gary Sibilia allowed Stephen to use the phone during the booking process. “During the course of the calls, one of (Jean-Babets’) brothers made verbal threats to Chief Gilbert and to harm his family,” Sunderland police sergeant Brendan Lyons said. “He was threatening to kill the chief, kill his family and to come down to the station and cause (the chief) physical harm.”

“About 10 minutes later, two men showed up at the police station, he (Lyons) said. As Gilbert was opening the door to the lobby, Kenneth Jean-Babets, 26, forced the door open and knocked the chief to the floor, Lyons said. As the chief opened the door, Jean-Babets again threatened to kill the chief and his family, Lyons said. While the two were tussling on the ground, a butcher’s knife slid across the ground, he said. Lyons said he wasn’t sure if Jean-Babets was holding the knife and if it was knocked away or if it fell out of his hand.” (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

It’s the department’s policy that officers secure their weapons while booking prisoners, so they did not have their guns when the Jean-Babetses arrived, Lyons said.

“The chief and Sibilia were put in a difficult situation,” Lyons said. “These two officers faced an armed assailant with no firearm to defend themselves. They’re very fortunate the knife came free in the struggle because this could have turned out very different.”

Kenneth Jean-Babets was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering in the daytime and putting a person in fear (a felony charge), intimidation of a witness, threat to commit a crime, to wit, murder, and attempted murder. He is being held at the Franklin County House of Corrections on $20,000 bail.

Patrick Jean-Babets was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, intimidation of a witness and putting a person in fear (a felony charge). He is being held at the Franklin County House of Corrections on $10,000 bail.

Chief Gilbert was treated and released from Baystate Franklin Medical Center.


About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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