A Mashpee man pleaded not guilty Wednesday, June 19 in Barnstable District Court to threatening to blow up the Registry of Motor Vehicles office in South Yarmouth last month.
Darren R. Mackenzie, 58, was arraigned on a bomb threat/hijacking charge after being summonsed into court. He was released on personal recognizance, but ordered to stay away from the RMV and its employees.
At 12:45 PM on May 22, Yarmouth police were dispatched to the Registry office at 1084 Route 28 . Police were informed that someone had threatened to blow up the building. Upon arriving, police found Mr. Mackenzie outside in the parking lot.
According to police, Mr. Mackenzie told them that he was doing business for his father and that his only intentions were to renew his father’s license. He told them that he became upset when he didn’t have the necessary paperwork and that caused him to say “I’ll just (expletive) blow this place up."
Mr. Mackenzie stated that “he didn’t mean what he said” and claimed “it was in the heat of the moment."
Employees and several other bystanders, however, told police they witnessed Mr. Mackenzie’s behavior and clearly heard the threat.
Mr. Mackenzie is due to return in court on July 17 for a probable cause hearing.