Howard Cook locks Verizon worker in underground vault, police say

The suspect locked the worker in the vault after he parked on his grass, police say. Photo: WCVB

The owner of a Massachusetts self-storage facility and a Verizon employee got into an argument on Monday, and naturally, one of the parties decided that it was time to end the fighting.

According to ABC 5 in Boston, that moment came when the storage owner locked the Verizon worker in an underground vault.

Howard Cook, a 71-year-old Westborough, Mass. man, has been charged with kidnapping, breaking and entering and larceny after authorities say he not only locked the technician in the vault he was working in Monday but also barricaded the door with large rocks.

The technician was able to contact authorities who freed him from the vault, ABC 5 says. Cook was reportedly upset with the Verizon worker for parking on the grass near his business.