Boston police are trying to locate a Cape Ann couple after the man, a former part-time Rockport police officer, allegedly broke down the door of a South Boston man's home and assaulted him Friday morning.
According to Boston Police, a 48-year-old man said that Kyle Keating, 26, allegedly broke into his South Boston home, then assaulted him. The 48-year-old man had been at home with a 20-year-old woman described by sources as Keating's estranged girlfriend when the incident allegedly occurred at 4 a.m. Friday, according to police.
The older man left his home to report the incident, and when he and police returned to the South Boston residence at 540 Broadway, the woman was gone, police said.
Police have been unable to locate either the woman, reportedly from Gloucester, or Keating, who grew up in Rockport and is a Gloucester High graduate.
Though no warrant had been issued for Keating as of Monday night, police are actively investigating the case, according to Boston police Sgt. Michael McCarthy. Police still had not made contact with or located Keating or the woman as of Monday evening, more than three days after the incident, according to McCarthy .
"We're looking to speak with him," McCarthy said.
During their South Boston investigations, officers observed signs that the door of the man's residence had been forced open and there had been a physical struggle inside of the apartment, McCarthy said. The alleged assault victim declined medical attention for his injuries, which did not appear to be serious, according to police.
Keating began working as a part-time Rockport police officer in December 2009, then resigned from the force on March 19 of this year, citing interest in pursuing other career paths, according to Rockport Police Chief John "Tom" McCarthy — no relation to the Boston sergeant. Chief McCarthy said part-time officers are required to attend academy training just like full-time officers. Then, the part-time officers can fill full-time officers' shifts, doing the same work as the other police, McCarthy said.
Keating was one of five part-time officers hired out of a pool of 11 candidates in late 2008, and candidates underwent extensive background checks and interviews before being hired, Chief McCarthy said; Keating, who was 22 at the time, was the youngest candidate selected.
A Gloucester High School graduate, Keating earned a business degree from the University of New Hampshire. At the time he was hired, Keating told the Times that he wanted to use his degree and new job to reach out to the community and be a positive role model for Rockport's youth.
"I talked to a former (Rockport police officer) who got me excited about how I could play a major role here," Keating told the Times.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or firstname.lastname@example.org.