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Amherst man facing charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer

Amherst Police Department
Amherst Police Department

AMHERST – A 71-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by police during an incident in Amherst on Oct. 8.

The man was initially stopped by police on Croft Street and became very irate and refused to co-operate with police before leaving the scene.

He was arrested near the police department in downtown Amherst and later released on a promise to appear in court on Nov. 20 for plea.

It was one of 118 complaints Amherst Police responded to between Oct. 2 and 8.

Also on Oct. 8, a 28-year-old man was arrested and is facing charges of assault, theft under $5,000, breaking and entering and uttering threats following an incident on East Victoria Street.

Police said the man got into an argument with a woman and followed her to her residence, where he forced himself into the door and grabbed the phone. The woman was struck on the head during the incident and was threatened by the man.

The man did not return the phone and left the area. He was later arrested and will appear in court on Oct. 16 for plea.

On Oct. 2, a woman reported she received a fraudulent telephone call telling her she had won a new car but $2,500 was required to insure the car and pay fees at the U.S. border.

She did not fall for the scam and police are reminding people they cannot win contests they did not enter and that fees would never need to be paid for something won in a contest.

Police were called to a complaint in the Acadia Street area. A woman alleged that a man slammed a door in her face, striking her in the head and knocking her to the ground.

A 30-year-old man was located and arrested, but released without charge. Instead, the woman was charged with assault and will appear in court Oct. 16 for plea.

Also on Oct. 3, an Amherst resident reported his credit card and debit card had been stolen from his vehicle. He also reported his cards had been used several times at various businesses since being stolen.

An investigation led to the arrest of a 44-year-old man on Oct. 11. He faces two counts of possession of stolen property, theft from a vehicle, two counts of attempted fraud and one count of fraud under $5,000.

He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine after officers found drugs near a vehicle while they were searching the man during the arrest.

The man appeared in provincial court on Oct. 11 and will return to wellness court on Oct. 31.

Police are also investigating reports that vehicles were broken into Oct. 4 in Herbert Street, Rupert Street, Dale Street and Lawrence Street.

Residents are reminded to keep their vehicles doors locked even when leaving them for just a short time.

Anyone with information on these or other incidents is asked to contact police at 902-667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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