Southborough Police Report “brief scuffle” with suspect

The Southborough Police Department issued a press release this afternoon. In it they describe a physical altercation with a man suspected of attempting to use a stolen credit card at Walgreens.

According to the release, an officer broke two fingers. According to Chief Ryan Newell, who I followed up with, the suspect wasn’t injured.

From the statement:

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at approx. 1500 hrs, Southborough Police Officers responded to the Walgreens located at 78 Turnpike Road in Southborough to investigate a report of a male party attempting to purchase items with stolen credit card information. The responding officers arrived on scene and attempted to speak with the suspect about this transaction. The suspect, later identified [a Brockton resident], immediately began to flee from the officers. The officers became involved in a brief scuffle with Raymond, at which point one of the officers suffered two, broken fingers.

The officer was later transported to the hospital to receive immediate treatment for his injuries.

The release states that they pressed the following nine charges against the suspect:

  • Credit Card Fraud (two counts)
  • Possession of a Class E Substance
  • Identity Fraud (two counts)
  • Uttering a False Prescription
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Assault & Battery on a Police Officer

Worth noting, the SPD doesn’t wear body cams yet. They recently trained for use of the new equipment. Those will be partially employed beginning in early April. There will be a 30 day trial period to resolve any glitches. After that, they will go into full effect.

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