Ex-Falmouth officer faces domestic violence charges
Mark P. Cusolito, 32, a former Falmouth police officer and the son of recently retired Falmouth Police Chief David Cusolito, is scheduled to return to Falmouth District Court Jan. 15 to face charges stemming from two alleged incidents of domestic violence.
A pre-trial hearing for the initial charges had been scheduled for Jan. 25 but, following the additional charges, the date was moved up at the request of Cusolito’s attorney, Robert Nolan.
On the morning of Dec. 20 Falmouth police arrested Cusolito after a report of a domestic assault at his 42 Altons Lane address in Waquoit. According to police reports, officers talked to a family member who was crying and said that she had been repeatedly hit, kicked and pushed by Cusolito during arguments that week. The woman also reported verbal abuse. At one point, according to the report, Cusolito “placed her in a choke hold and dragged her down the hallway to the front door.”
Those same reports say that Cusolito used profanity with arresting officers and challenged one officer to “man up” and “handle it on the street.”
Police arrested Cusolito and charged him with domestic assault and battery, threats to commit a crime and two counts of intimidation of a witness. He was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the woman, who later that day obtained a restraining order against him.
According to a police report from the second incident, at 5 p.m. a Falmouth police officer handed Cusolito the restraining order at his father’s East Falmouth home.
“When I served the order to Mark he said he understood it and I did not have to read it to him” reads the officer’s report. “Upon him reading the order, Mark balled it up like a piece of trash and walked out of the kitchen with it.”
Roughly 15 minutes later, police say, Cusolito spoke to a roommate at the Altons Lane house via cell phone and demanded his truck so that he could run the woman over. The woman was four to five feet away from the roommate and apparently overheard the conversation.
Based upon that information, officers went to the former chief’s home and arrested the younger Cusolito for violation of a restraining order and threatening to commit a crime. The arrest report describes Mark Cusolito as “agitated and argumentative” and notes that the former chief asked to speak to his son for a few minutes and assisted officers in calming him down.
Cusolito was reportedly handcuffed in the front because he told officers that being handcuffed behind his back would aggravate a back injury, the reason he is on disability retirement from the police department.
Before heading to the Barnstable County House of Correction, Cusolito complained of back pain and was transported to Falmouth Hospital. There, say police reports, he requested Oxycontin but was offered Percocet instead, which he refused.
The police reports also state that children were present during the first incident and that, according to the alleged victim, Cusolito once said “he would know how to kill her and get rid of her without getting caught.”
On Dec. 21 Cusolito was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail.
Nolan described “a long and contentious relationship” between his client and the alleged victim but said Cusolito, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, did not say he wanted to run her over with his truck.
“He denies making that comment,” said Nolan. “He denies making any threats.”