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Easthampton man arrested after allegedly grabbing woman, bleeding on her

Michael P. Morrison, 44, of 31 Center St., was arrested at 1:14 p.m. at the intersection of Railroad and Center streets on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property over $250, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police Sgt. William Kelly said police went to Morrison’s house to put him in protective custody because a caller reported he was intoxicated and had cut his arm or hand.

Morrison fled from his house and police chased him on Center Street until he ran to Railroad Street. There he encountered a group of people from Riverside Industries Inc., a nonprofit at 1 Cottage St. that serves people with developmental and other disabilities, who were in the care of a female employee.

Kelly said Morrison grabbed the woman by both of her arms and got blood “all over her” before police were able to restrain him. The woman was shaken up but not harmed, Kelly said.

Morrison was uncooperative and damaged equipment in the ambulance, leading to the destruction of property charge, Kelly said.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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