Homeless man was Tased by city police

AMSTERDAM — A man who is homeless in the city was arrested by Amsterdam police on Saturday on assault and burglary charges after allegedly trespassing on a commercial property and striking the owners.

Tyrone B. Watson, 21, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, three counts of second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to a press release issued by the Amsterdam Police Department, on Saturday at approximately 7 p.m., police responded to a commercial property on Prospect Street for a mental health assistance call in which two people had been assaulted and injured.

Upon arrival police observed the people who were identified as the owners of the property with injuries to their faces and were bleeding. Watson was subdued by a Taser. He complied with orders given by police and was taken into custody without further incident.

An investigation into the incident revealed that Watson allegedly struck the two owners of the building in the face and bit one in the back causing injury after both owners tried to confront Watson for allegedly trespassing on the property.

Watson also allegedly had brandished a sharp metal instrument and made death threats towards the owners and a third party during the incident.

According to the press release, further investigation revealed that prior to the incident that took place on Saturday, Watson had been removed from the property twice on Friday for allegedly trespassing. The first incident was at approximately 9:30 a.m. in which he displayed behavior that led police to transport him to St. Mary’s Hospital to for an evaluation.

Later that same day at approximately 11:43 p.m., Watson had to be removed from the property again for allegedly trying to squat in one of the building’s stairwells.

Watson was taken into custody on Saturday and released on an appearance ticket for Amsterdam City Court.


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