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Man in chief’s assault arrested

Reckless conduct charges pending

The man who allegedly injured Police Chief Barry Hutchins in an altercation on Friday night is now in custody, after turning himself in to Fitchburg police on Tuesday.

While attempting to arrest Russell Monbleau, 38, of Fitchburg, Mass., for possession of controlled drugs, believed to be crack cocaine, on Friday night following a traffic stop, Monbleau allegedly fought with Hutchins, hitting him multiple times and eventually throwing a heavy metal chair from a nearby lawn at the chief, knocking him to the ground. Monbleau then fled to the nearby woods, and despite police searching for him for hours that night and the following day, he was not apprehended.

The driver of the vehicle Hutchins stopped, Danielle Dickstein, 34, of Amherst, was arrested Friday night and charged with possession of controlled drugs, believed to be marijuana and crack cocaine.

On Tuesday, Monbleau turned himself in to Fitchburg police.

Friday night, Hutchins was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, but was released later that night, according to police. When contacted, Select Board member Charlie Moser declined to comment Wednesday on whether or not Hutchins would be out of work for any length of time recovering.

Monbleau was scheduled to be arraigned in Fitchburg on fugitive of justice charges. Pending a waiving of the extradition process, Monbleau is to be turned over to the state of New Hampshire for arraignment on multiple simple assault and felony reckless conduct charges related to Friday night’s incident. Charges against Monbleau may also include possession of crack cocaine and felony destruction of evidence.

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