August 26 2020

Burlington Police Charge Man with Assault After Striking Officer with Knife

By: Rich Hosford

Chief Michael Kent reports that a Roxbury man was arrested after an alleged altercation with officers who were responding to a report of an unwanted subject at a local hotel earlier this month.


Ashton Ross, 34,  of Roxbury, was charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. 


According to police, on Thursday, Aug. 13 at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Burlington Police responded to a local hotel to help remove a disruptive patron. When officers requested that the subject, later identified as Ross, leave the building, he declined. Shortly after that, it was determined that Ross has an existing warrant out of Boston for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. When officers attempted to take Ross into custody, an altercation ensued in which Ross allegedly drew a knife. He allegedly struck one officer with the knife, which cut his uniform shirt and ballistic vest. The officer was evaluated at a local hospital as a precaution but was not injured.


Police say Ross fled the scene and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. He was arraigned on Aug. 14.


Judge David Frank ordered the defendant held on $1,000 bail on this case and his bail was revoked on his open case. Ross is scheduled to appear in the Woburn District Court for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 17.


“Incidents like this highlight the bravery and dedication our officers show in the face of unpredictable risk,” Chief Kent said. “I'm grateful the officer was not injured and thank all who responded for their commitment to protect our community.”


These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.


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