Sturbridge Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Officer After Mask Dispute

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man from Sturbridge was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly attacked an officer after a dispute over not wearing a mask, according to Transit Police.

Transit Police responded to a call at around 9:45 a.m. for a man refusing to wear a mask inside the North Station Commuter Rail station while trying to use the MBTA. In a statement, Transit Police said they identified the man as Rutul Jaiswal of Sturbridge.

Jaiswal allegedly would not comply with Transit Police's request to wear a mask, which led to them opting to remove him from the station. In a statement, Transit Police said Jaiswal "refused to be reasoned with" which lead to his removal.

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While being escorted out of the station, Jaiswal allegedly struck an officer in the face. He was immediately placed under arrest and transported to the Transit Police headquarters.

During the booking process, Transit Police said they discovered Jaiswal had several existing warrants for his arrest stemming from Worcester District Court. He had previously faced two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of trespassing from a previous incident.

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