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October 1, 2013

Football fan charged in police station melee

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Robinson managed to elude Whitney’s grasp and made it out of the station. Police began swarming the downtown area, calling for assistance from Amesbury police officer Thomas Nichols and his K-9, Kaybar. After a few minutes, Kaybar was able to home in on Robinson and he was arrested behind 29 Green St. Robinson continued struggling with police and tried to head butt those who got too close. Police forced Robinson to the ground, where he was handcuffed and placed in a cruiser. He also threatened to break Kaybar’s neck, according to Whitney’s report.

In his report, Whitney said he sustained two burns on his knees, a laceration on his right elbow and his uniform was torn to the point where it had to be tossed. Whitney was seen by a reporter yesterday looking none the worse for wear, having recovered enough to resume his duties.

City Marshal Thomas Howard said allowing intoxicated people to sit inside the lobby while waiting for a ride home is a common occurrence.

Howard added that Robinson’s behavior around his hometown has been problematic, drawing the attention of law enforcement there.

“Certainly, they’re not welcome back here,” Howard said, referring to Robinson and the three others kicked out of Friday’s football game.

Judge Peter Doyle ordered Robinson, who is already facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery out of Woburn District Court, held on $500 bail. According to court records, Robinson posted bail and is due back in court Oct. 30 for a pretrial hearing.

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