HARWICH - Wednesday morning, around 5:30 a.m., Harwich Police Officers Robert Hadfield and Eric Geake were dispatched to a home on Randolph Lane after the department received a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with a man suffering from cuts to his hands and bruises on his face consistent within having been struck in the face, according to a Harwich Police release.
The man's wife told the officers that her son, 37-year-old Derek Morgan of East Harwich, had had an argument with his wife the night before, prompting police to respond to Morgan's home. After the argument, Morgan left and slept in the woods overnight. At 5 a.m., he went to his mother's home on Randolph Lane to escape the cold, police said.
Police were told that at his mother's home, Morgan and the assault victim, his stepfather, engaged in a heated argument over family issues and Morgan punched his stepfather in the head several times. He fled into the backyard as police arrived.
Officers Geake and Hadfield found Morgan in the backyard--upset and crying. He was taken into custody and transported to Harwich Police Headquarters where he was booked and charged with felony assault and battery with injury on a person over 60. Morgan was then transported to Orleans District Court for arraignment.
Morgan's stepfather's injuries were treated by members of Harwich Fire and Rescue.