Police officers became involved in breaking up a fight at Foss Park last Thursday morning, after receiving reports of the disturbance in progress.
The incident reportedly developed as three males who were walking through the park became the targets of threats and harassment by 3–4 other males who were following them.
One of the suspects, Edwin Torres, 30, of Lynn, allegedly punched one of the victims in the back of the head and brandished a knife, according to the victim’s report to police.
It was when a police officer happened onto the scene that Torres threw his knife into the grass and began to walk away, the victim reportedly said.
The officer said that he observed the suspects following the victims, but that he did not actually see a knife in Torres’ possession.
The officer’s attempt to stop Torres for questioning led to a struggle between himself and the suspect, as the officer attempted to bring Torres to the ground.
A subsequent search in the area that the victim indicated did turn up a knife, as reported by the victim.
Torres reportedly told police that the alleged victims were exaggerating their claims, and that there was only a little shouting and shoving, and he denied owning the knife that was found.
Police determined that there was probable cause to place Torres under arrest for assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon.