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February 24, 2014
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Man charged for attacking cop freed

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A United States resident accused of attacking a policewoman last month, was freed in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court recently.

Peter Serrano, 27, from Crearyville, New York, was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, unlawful wounding, malicious destruction of property and larceny.

It was alleged that on January 27, Serrano, who was on vacation in Jamaica, made a report to the police that men had attempted to kidnap him. Two cops went to the store in Montego Bay, where Serrano had made the report from.

On their arrival, one of them was attacked by Serrano. A struggle ensued, during which Serrano damaged the cop's watch and managed to grab hold of her MP5 rifle. The other officer intervened and Serrano fled. He was subsequently held.

Clerk of the court Orrett Brown told Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that the complainant was willing to have mediation with Serrano.

The case was briefly stood down while Serrano and the officers met to mediate, and, subsequently, the court was told that the cops would not pursue the matter.

"You need to understand that court cases don't normally end this way. People usually go to prison for this offence," RM Tie told Serrano, before making a no-order submission.

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