Man denies city assaultNovember 13,2013Local man denies
city assault counts
A Mount Holly man has denied charges that he assaulted a man who came to his aid during a fight as well as a city police officer.
Robert D. Pratt Jr., 21, pleaded innocent last week in Rutland criminal court to misdemeanor charges of simple assault, simple assault against a police officer and disorderly conduct.
He was released from jail on conditions that include a curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. and a ban on alcohol.
Rutland Police Officer Charles Whitehead wrote in an affidavit that he arrested Pratt on the night of Nov. 6 after a fight on State Street.
George Sparks, 52, told police he broke up a fight between Pratt and another man. He said when he went to help up Pratt, who was lying on the ground, Pratt “sucker-punched” him.
Sparks told police he fell to the ground and Pratt continued to attack him. Whitehead said Pratt was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Pratt, who police said was highly intoxicated, told police Sparks attacked him. Whitehead said Pratt spit on him while he was being placed in a police cruiser.
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