Westborough man locks Verizon worker in vault: police

A Westborough man allegedly locked a Verizon worker in an underground vault after he witnessed the man driving on the grass. Credit: Thinkstock

A Westborough storage unit owner is facing kidnapping and larceny charges after he allegedly locked a Verizon employee in an underground vault.

Howard Cook, 71, was angry that the employee, Michael Hathaway, had driven over some grass, the Boston Globe reports. So when Hathaway went into the vault to perform routine maintenance, Cook locked him in and placed two 10-lb rocks on top. The ventilation system shuts off once the hatch on each unit is closed, making the compartment airtight.

Hathaway was able to call 911 from inside the vault. He was released by police 10 minutes later.

Though Cook was not arrested, he will be summoned to court to face charges including kidnapping and larceny in connection with the incident on Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

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