Two men suffer head injuries during weekend fights
AMHERST — Two people suffered head injuries and a police officer was punched in the jaw during fights early Saturday morning.
Police responded to Hazel Avenue at 2:47 a.m. where one man had a cut on his head after allegedly getting into a fight with another man, said Detective Janet Lopez.
The assailant, identified as Joshua D. Kahikina, 20, of Fiskdale, then broke a door and window in a vehicle parked on the street and caused more than $1,000 worth of damage to its interior.
When police got there, Kahikina was still in the vehicle, and when being evaluated by Fire Department paramedics, he punched a police officer in the jaw and also hit other officers in the arms, Lopez said. None of the officers were injured.
Kahikina was arrested on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, disturbing the peace and malicious destruction of property over $250.
The victim with a cut on his head was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Ten minutes earlier at 2:37 a.m., police responded to the area of Belchertown Road and South East Street after getting a report about a fight involving several men.
Lopez said one man, who was bleeding from his head, was brought by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson for treatment, but refused to cooperate with police in identifying his assailants. That incident remains under investigation.
At 12:38 a.m., police dealt with an out-of-control man outside the downtown bars. Police located the man kicking the door to a bar from which he had been removed and cursing at pedestrians, Lopez said.
Ryan J. Hoffmann, 19, of Billerica, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and possessing a fake ID.
Another fight occurred at 2:03 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street in North Amherst where two men were in the road and drawing attention to themselves from people leaving nearby parties, Lopez said.
Sebastien C. Fontanges, 22, of Valley Cottage, N.Y., and Patrick G. Murphy, 20, of Weymouth, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.
Meanwhile, two people suffered injuries on North Pleasant Street at Eastman Lane at 2:25 a.m. Sunday after they fell from a cab. UMass police are investigating that incident.