A student from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is facing several charges after he allegedly assaulted a senior citizen when he was caught breaking into his car on Main Street early Sunday morning and then threatened witnesses Monday.
An Amherst police officer was flagged down on Main Street by the victim of the assault at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. He explained that the suspect assaulted him after he confronted the man while he was burglarizing his car, according to Amherst Police Lt. Ronald Young. The victim did not require medical attention.
A second motor vehicle burglary was reported shortly after that and items were stolen from the car. Police launched an investigation and quickly identified the suspect as 23-year-old Entricus Nyaigoti, of Clinton. Officer's arrested Nyaigoti less than one hour later at his nearby off-campus apartment located at 615 Main St., Apt. 63, Young said.
Nyaigoti was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools and assault and battery on a person over 60 years old, according to Young.
Nyaigoti was held in jail pending his arraignment Monday morning in Eastern Hampshire District Court. He was released following his court appearance.
At about 4:30 p.m. Monday, police responded again to Main Street to find that Nyaigoti had returned to the area following his court appearance and threatened two witnesses in the case, Young said.
Nyaigoti was arrested a second time and booked on charges of assault and intimidation of a witness, Young said. He was held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail and was arraigned on those charges Tuesday morning.
Both incidents remain under investigation, Young said.
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