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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Violence Erupts... Again!

The Amherst Police Department had yet another very busy weekend. One Police Officer was injured, and 35 arrests were made with several more charges pending once investigations are complete.

An Officer, who was dispersing an unruly crowd at Colonial Village apartments, was struck by a bottle that was thrown by one of the party goers there. The bottle struck the Officer's hand, shattering on impact, causing several lacerations. It took approximately 30 minutes, and the entire working shift, to clear the area. Off-duty Officers were forced to assist as the crowd was extremely hostile towards the Police.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Officer Forcum observed a fight erupt on Triangle Street between UMass students and known gang members from Amherst. As a result of this melee, several arrests were made. The arrested individuals were charged with assault and battery (causing serious bodily injury), disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The victim of this fight was found to have a broken nose and serious facial trauma. When found by the Police, the victim was bleeding profusely from the head.

While Officers were investigating that incident, another fight erupted a few blocks from Triangle Street where a man was reported to be wielding a knife. As Officers were committed to the first incident, only a limited number could respond to look for this man. All available Officers responded, but they were unable to locate him or any other involved parties.

A short time after that, Officers were called to Phillips Street where there was a report of a man being beaten with a large, metal pipe. The combatants fled through the woods onto UMass property before police arrived, and they were located by the UMass Police near the Visitors Center on Massachusetts Avenue where they were once again actively fighting. Amherst Police and UMass Police broke up the fight and found one victim bleeding profusely from his head and nose. He was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. The investigation into this incident is on-going and charges are pending.

Due to the increasing violence in Amherst, Officers worked well past the end of their normal shifts in order to provide police services to the Town.


LarryK4 said...

And this townie sincerely appreciates the efforts of Amherst officers who worked beyond their shifts to keep our little town sound safe and sound.

Mary E.Carey said...

Wow, what a bad night. Does this kind of violence run in cycles in addition to intensifying in spring?

Anonymous said...

Noticed in the paper the other day about the Massachusetts State Police in town lately to back-up local police. Did they assist with the out of control people, or did they cover any of the other calls in town?

Amherst Police said...

We'd say you're on target with both questions. We do see this violence occur in cycles, and it is often during the beginning of the warm season...beginning of spring and beginning of summer.

Amherst Police said...

Unfortunately, several of the incidents over this past weekend were around 3AM, and the Massachusetts State Police had already gone off duty at that time. We may need to rethink the hours that we request their help.