Get out of town: At dangerousness hearing, Yeshaq Warren, charged with knife threats against senior citizen, barred from Amherst
YOSHITAKA HAMADA William Lovett, 80, of Amherst, describes the situation when he was stabbed Tuesday afternoon by a stranger in front of the Bangs Community Center in Amherst Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »
AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling from an Eastern Hampshire District Court judge at a dangerousness hearing Monday.
Yeshaq A. Warren, 29, of 148 Montague Road, Leverett, was at the hearing at the Belchertown court Monday when Judge John Payne determined he was dangerous, but that Warren should not be held, said Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.
Warren was released on conditions that he stay out of Amherst, stay away from the Bangs Community Center and the Ann Whalen Apartments, where the alleged victim, William Lovett, lives, and have no contact with Lovett. Warren must also remain drug and alcohol free, report to probation once a week and stay off any public ways between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Warren has previously given authorities the streets of Northampton and the streets of Amherst as his addresses.
Police Chief Scott Livingstone said his officers testified at the hearing that Warren should remain in custody for 90 days.
“We’d have liked to have seen him held,” Livingstone said. “His behavior has become increasingly concerning.”
Had Warren remained in jail, Livingstone said, a complete evaluation of his mental health could have been done.
Warren has allegedly committed multiple acts that police describe as erratic, Livingstone said, and has been arrested numerous times this year, including at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road, in March, where he allegedly got into a fight and made threats with a knife against another patron; in Northampton, also in March, on a charge of disorderly conduct after allegedly running into a street and refusing to leave; in Amherst, outside a North Pleasant Street business, when he allegedly made threats against someone police say he had assaulted in December; and in Northampton again, in April, when he allegedly created a disturbance at a Pleasant Street gas station.
But Livingstone said Payne’s decision does help his department by banning Warren from Amherst and placing other restrictions on him. He said if police officers encounter him in town, the probation office will be notified.
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