New Bedford man faces attempted robbery charges

Kermit Flemming/New Bedford Police Department

A New Bedford man faces attempted robbery charges after police said he held a knife up to another man's neck early Saturday morning.

Kermit Flemming, 44, was arraigned in New Bedford District Court on Monday. He was charged with armed assault with intent to rob, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Police said a 39-year-old Plymouth resident was walking in the area of Pleasant and Union Streets when he was approached by Flemming who brandished a knife and put it to the man's neck.

Police said Flemming demanded money, searched the victim, and tore the victim's jacket pocket. According to police, the man told Flemming repeatedly that he had no money and was able to break free and call police.

Police later found Flemming near the bus terminal on Elm Street. A search of the suspect revealed a knife as the victim had described.