A Westborough business owner described by his lawyer as a well-respected pillar of the community has been released on personal recognizance after his arraignment on charges that he trapped a worker in an underground electrical vault.
Howard Cook was arraigned Wednesday on charges including kidnapping for allegedly sealing the Verizon worker in the vault on Aug. 5. Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.
Prosecutors say the 71-year-old Cook was angry that the worker parked on his grass to work in the vault. Cook then allegedly removed an access ladder, closed the hatch and put two heavy rocks on it.
The worker called 911 and was underground in the airtight vault for about 10 minutes before police rescued him.
Prosecutors asked for $5,000 bail.
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