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Arrest leads to officer being assaulted

Roy D. Locklear

AMSTERDAM — A city man wanted on a warrant was arrested Tuesday on six new counts from a resisting incident on Thomas Street in which he damaged police vehicles and broke an officer’s nose.

The Amsterdam Police Department in a news release reported the arrest of Roy D. Locklear, 28, 374 Division St.

He was charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony; third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; second-degree attempted escape and resisting arrest, misdemeanors; and on two warrants for failure to appear, which are violations.

Locklear was also arrested on the warrants stemming from a July 2, 2020 incident and charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and fourth-degree conspiracy.

He was held pending arraignment in Amsterdam City Court in front of Judge Lisa W. Lorman, eventually remanded without bail to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

The release said that shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, while on routine patrol, two Amsterdam police patrolmen observed Locklear walking on Thomas Street. The two patrolmen were aware he was currently wanted by the Amsterdam Police Department on two warrants for arrest on failure to appear charges out of Amsterdam City Court.

Police said officers approached Locklear and advised him of the reason he was being stopped. Locklear attempted to hide his identity, claiming to be someone else and became resistant to the commands given to him by police. At that time officers were able to take Locklear into custody, the release said. Upon being handcuffed, Locklear began to strike the side of the patrol car with his body causing damage to the car.

He continued to struggle — refusing to be placed in the back of the car — so officers requested additional units to the scene.

Officers were able to secure Locklear in the back of the patrol car, where he continued to use his body to strike the sides of the car. While en route to police headquarters Locklear violently struggled and was able to free one of his hands from the handcuffs and punched out a rear window of the police car, police said.

The release said Locklear then pulled himself out of the window and began to strike the side of the car with his fist. Officers then stopped the vehicle to resecure Locklear, who was able to free himself completely from the vehicle. Once free, Locklear slammed the patrol car’s front passenger door on an officer as he was attempting to exit the car. When the officer pushed back and was able to open the door, Locklear with a closed fist struck the officer in his face resulting in the officer’s nose being broken.

After being initially struck, the officer continued to engage Locklear and took him to the ground apprehending him, police said.

Locklear was placed back into police custody and transported to police headquarters where he was processed on new charges, as well as being charged on an open complaint stemming from an incident that occurred in July 2020 in the city of Amsterdam.

The injured officer was treated for his injury at St. Mary’s Hospital.

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