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Cellphone dispute allegedly leads to attack by baseball bat, car

GREENFIELD — Police arrested a local man Friday after he allegedly struck two people with a baseball bat before he was disarmed; then he allegedly resorted to using a rental car to strike his ex-girlfriend.

Greenfield Police arrested Ryan Smith, 27, of 603 Leyden Road, charging him with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police responded to a report of the incident at 9:37 p.m. Friday in front of an Aster Court address.

Greenfield Police Lt. Todd Dodge said Smith apparently drove to the residence because his ex-girlfriend had canceled his cellphone service following a recent breakup.

Smith allegedly got out of his car holding an aluminum baseball bat, confronting his ex-girlfriend and four people there to support her, Dodge said.

Smith struck a woman in the hand and a man in the forearm with the bat before the group took it away from him and threw it into the woods, Dodge said.

Smith allegedly returned to his car and drove straight at his ex-girlfriend, hitting her in the knee with the front bumper.

Dodge said the woman’s friends helped her inside.

The woman was taken to the hospital with a sprained knee, according to police, and the other two did not require medical attention.

A K-9 dog from the Montague Police Department was called in to assist with the search but was canceled, according to the log.

Police found Smith in his car, a Ford Focus rental, parked in the Aster Court parking lot, Dodge said.

I am glad he is in this kind of trouble. The fact that he tried to run over my daughter is enough to make me very angry.

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