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Amsterdam Police: Man faces burglary, assault counts

Amsterdam Police: Man faces burglary, assault counts

He was arrested Saturday, police say
Amsterdam Police: Man faces burglary, assault counts
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AMSTERDAM - An Amsterdam man faces burglary and assault counts in a case were police say he had twice previously been removed from a business.

He's accused of punching two people and biting one of them in the final incident, police said. On one of the earlier times he was taken to the hospital for evaluation, police said Wednesday.

Tyrone B. Watson, 21, homeless, of Amsterdam, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree assault.

The final incident happened Saturday evening at about 7 p.m. as police received a mental health assistance call at a commercial property on Prospect Street, police said.

En route, police then received information that two people there had been assaulted. They arrived to find two victims who had suffered injuries to their faces and were bleeding. The suspect was also there. The suspect was then "painted with a TASER" and he complied with commands and was taken into custody without further incident, police said in a release.

Police determined Watson hit two of the building's owners in their faces and bit one of them in the back, causing injury  when they confronted him for again trespassing on their property. He also allegedly brandished a sharp metal instrument and made death threats toward the owners and to a third person, police said.

An investigation soon revealed that Watson had twice been removed from the property the previous day for trespass, including one at 9:30 a.m. where he "displayed behavior that compelled police" to take him to St. Mary's Hospital for evaluation, police said.

Police then returned at 11:43 p.m. Friday evening to remove Watson for trying to squat in one of the building's stairwells.

Watson also faces one count of third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of second-degree menacing, misdemeanors.

Watson was processed and released to appear in court later.

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