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Worcester Police Assaulted, Surrounded by Crowd on Franklin St

For Immediate Release: 10/26/2019 3:01 pm

On October 26th at about 12:30 AM, an officer on scene at the Beer Garden at 68 Franklin St saw a fight break out and called for assistance. There was a large crowd of hundreds of people, the staff decided to close for the night. Officers assisted in moving the crowd out of the bar as more fights broke out. A female officer went to break up one of the fights, and a male identified as Robert Gould, thirty-three-years-old of Merrifield St, pulled out a large chunk of the officer’s hair. Mr. Gould kicked another officer, and refused orders to put his hands behind his back.

As officers struggled with Mr. Gould, a large, hostile crowd gathered around them. The officers were outnumbered and several members of the crowd were taunting them and calling them names. A female, identified as Natalie Price, twenty-six-years-old of Alpine Street, approached an officer who was on the ground trying to complete an arrest. Ms. Price took the officer’s baton and tried to pass it to someone behind her in the crowd. As the officer tried to stop her, Ms. Price bit the officer’s bicep, breaking the skin on the officer’s arm and causing bleeding.

Another female, identified as Monique Agbanyo, twenty-one-years-old of Leicester, pushed through the crowd and grabbed one of the officers who was trying to control an arrestee. Ms. Agbanyo then punched another officer in the face before she was taken to the ground and placed under arrest. When she was on the ground, she tried to kick officers in the face, and nearly struck one in the eye with her high heels.

As more officers arrived, they gained control of Mr. Gould and Ms. Price and placed them under arrest. As the wagon operator arrived to transport the arrestees to the station, she observed a male, identified as Evan Baptiste, twenty-years-old of Oxford, run up behind the officers and try to grab them. The officer was able to stop Mr. Baptiste and place him under arrest. Another male, identified as Christopher Ayala-Melendez, twenty-two-years-old of Franklin St, tried to push past officers in an attempt to gain access to the arrestees. Mr. Ayala-Melendez shoved a K9 officer, and the K9 delivered a bite to his lower back as he was placed under arrest.

During this violent and chaotic scene, a female identified as Octavia Miller, twenty-five-years-old of Lovell St, kept approaching officers and screaming after being told to stay back. She clenched her fist, waved it in the air, and nearly struck an officer in the face when she was placed under arrest.

All of the arrestees were transported to the police station by the wagon. They will be arraigned in Worcester District Court on Monday and are charged with the following:

Monique Agbanyo – Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct.

Natalie Price - Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Disturbing the Peace, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct.

Christopher Ayala-Melendez – Assault and Battery on a Police officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct

Octavia Miller – Assault, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct

Robert Gould – Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest

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