Amsterdam police allege man went on spree of violence

Friday, June 15, 2012
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— An Amsterdam man faces a slew of charges after allegedly going on a spree of violence early Thursday morning.

The incident began with police responded to a 911 call claiming a man was slashing the tires of a car parked on Reid Street.

The owner of the vehicle was the estranged girlfriend of Gabriel Arroyo, 27, according to police, and she had an active order of protection against him. She said he had come into her house and punched her in the face before slashing the tires.

In the midst of investigating this, police received another call saying Arroyo was causing a disturbance at 40 Division St. When officers arrived at the scene and attempted to talk to Arroyo, he did not go quietly.

“He was violent,” said Detective Lt. Kurt Conroy. “He didn’t listen to the officers.”

He ran into a bedroom, trying to reach the closet. When police moved to stop him he started throwing punches, hitting four officers in the head and face while still trying to get to the closet.

“Arroyo was waiting for us to come for him,” Conroy said. “He had told family members that he did not plan on being taken in.”

After subduing and arresting Arroyo, officers found a loaded pistol-grip shotgun on the floor of the closet he had tried to reach, police said, as well as the knife used to slash the tires.

He faces charges of first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies, along with resisting arrest and four counts of second-degree harassment.

One officer was treated for a head injury by Amsterdam Fire Department paramedics.

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