• Four arrested after alleged assault on officers in incident at Worcester bar

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    Four people were arrested after an incident at a bar in Worcester where multiple officers were allegedly assaulted, according to Worcester Police.

    Police said in a release that an off-duty Worcester Police officer was flagged down for a disturbance on the dance floor of the District Bar and Nightclub on Water Street Friday around 1 a.m.

    Police said several people were spraying beer on other patrons and were being asked to leave by security staff, and said the officer helped the staff in removing the group.

    One of the males in the incident, identified as 32-year-old Concepcion Rodriguez, allegedly began to taunt the staff and refused to leave, and when the officer walked toward him, Rodriguez allegedly shoved him backward and "took a boxer's stance."

    Police said the officer asked for backup on his radio, and tried to place Rodriguez under arrest. However, Rodriguez allegedly struck the officer on the left side of the head with a closed fist, before the officer allegedly struck him back and tried to take him down to the ground.

    The officer allegedly brought Rodriguez to the ground and tried to put handcuffs on him, but another man, 23-year-old Gabriel Rivera, allegedly tried to push the officer off of Rodriguez.

    Rivera allegedly grabbed the officer's radio and removed it from the officer's belt, preventing the officer from calling for help or updating other responding officers.

    A bystander allegedly helped to push Rivera away from the officer, and Rodriguez then got back to his feet before running across Water Street.

    Police said the officer followed him and gained control again, and allegedly took Rodriguez to the ground again after a struggle.

    Several other members of the group allegedly followed the officer and tried to prevent the arrest, and Rivera allegedly kicked the officer in the hands and chest to prevent him from handcuffing Rodriguez.

    Another man, identified as 23-year-old Eric Rojas, allegedly started to punch the officer in the back of the head, and assisting officers arrived to find Rojas allegedly punching the original officer on the ground.

    The first assisting officer allegedly grabbed Rojas and pulled him back, and Rojas then allegedly turned and began to fight with the assisting officer.

    A K-9 officer then arrived to help, with the K-9 biting Rojas' calf. Rojas then allegedly complied with officers and was placed in handcuffs. 

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    The original officer was then able to handcuff Rodriguez, and told other officers to arrest Rivera.

    Police said both Rodriguez and Rivera continued to struggle and fight until a vehicle arrived, and they were then transported to the station.

    During the arrest of Rodriguez, Rivera and Rojas, a fourth male in a crowd, identified as 20-year-old Miguel Diaz, allegedly kept screaming at the officers and approaching the officers who were struggling with the three suspects.

    Diaz then allegedly shoved an officer who was trying to keep the crowd back, and was then placed under arrest.

    Rojas was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly person, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer, and he was treated medically for the dog bite.

    Rivera was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly person, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, disarming a police officer (radio), and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).

    Rodriguez was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly person, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer.

    Diaz was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer, and intimidation of a witness.

    They will all be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

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