Bryan C. Purdie

Bryan Purdie of Falmouth

Police are still looking for the gun that Falmouth resident Bryan C. Purdie allegedly used in a home invasion and kidnapping last Thursday, January 20.

According to the police report, Mr. Purdie threw the weapon out the car window during a police chase that ended in a small residential neighborhood on Pine Ridge Road, off Old Barnstable Road.

Falmouth Police Chief Edward A. Dunne said state police are assisting in the weapon search and are checking nearby cranberry bogs and woods.

Meanwhile, Mr. Purdie was being held without bail and was awaiting a dangerousness hearing scheduled in Falmouth District Court yesterday. During the court session, the hearing was postponed to February 2. 

During his arraignment last Friday, he was charged with four counts of kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, home invasion, felony possession of a firearm, firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, assault with a dangerous weapon, firearm violation with three prior violent/drug-related crimes, assault in dwelling-armed firearm, failure to stop for police, rate of speed exceeding posted limit, operating under the influence of drugs, leaving the scene of property damage, marked lanes violation, failure to stop/yield and failure to stop for a school bus.

Falmouth police said Mr. Purdie stormed into a home at 31 Carriage Shop Road and fired a shot at a woman he had an “on-again, off-again” relationship with. He struck her in the head with the gun and pulled her by the hair to his car, the police report said.

Police said Mr. Purdie had the victim in the car with him during the police chase. During the pursuit, he hit another vehicle and was weaving into oncoming traffic and passed a school bus stopped to let children out. Police lost sight of the vehicle but it was located on Pine Ridge Road, where he crashed the gray BMW. Mr. Purdie fled on foot but was apprehended, according to police.

He also allegedly held four people at gunpoint inside the house and took their cellphones to prevent them from calling for help.

Mr. Purdie and the victim are known to police as narcotics users and dealers, the police report states, noting, “Purdie has a long documented violent criminal history including drug charges.”

On October 29, 2021, police responded to Gosnold Grove Apartments after it was reported that Mr. Purdie and another man “jumped” Herman Andrade, who is also known to police. During the assault, Mr. Purdie allegedly put a gun to Mr. Andrade’s head. A witness told police this was not the first time the two men assaulted Mr. Andrade and Mr. Purdie allegedly had fired a gun at him in Goodwill Park. They were attacking Mr. Andrade because he owed them money for drugs, the report said. As a result of a police investigation, Mr. Purdie was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm as a felony and carrying a firearm without a license.

The victim has a long criminal history as well, police said.

She was arraigned on charges related to attacking Mr. Purdie’s sister with a large machete, causing serious injuries, Falmouth police responded to a report of a stabbing on March 25, 2021.

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