Only on 10: Suspect arraigned after confrontation with police
A woman who called 911 to say she was being strangled by her ex-boyfriend is refusing to press charges against him.
Joe Perry, 21, of North Attleborough, was arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Tuesday. He was charged with assault with intent to kill, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
A judge set bail at $1,000 cash. He also ordered Perry to follow directions from his mental health counselors and take his medications.
Police said it took four officers to subdue Perry, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 375 pounds.
Officers first used pepper spray and then their batons on Perry. Large bruises were visible on his arms and legs.
The confrontation with police was caught on camera by a NBC 10 viewer who saw it happen.
The prosecutor told the court some of the witnesses who posted the video on YouTube said they support the officers.
"Many of them gave statements. The defendant failed to comply with commands," said Erin Aiello, assistant district attorney.
Officers were called to an apartment on North Washington Street after on Sunday receiving a 911 call from Perry's ex-girlfriend, saying he was strangling her. She was later able to break away only after she kneed him in the groin.
"The defendant came up behind her, wiggle out of his arms," Aiello said.
But the same woman who called 911 for help is now refusing to press charges because of Perry's long history of mental illness.
A lawyer for Perry told the court his client suffers from bipolar disorder as well as depression and post-traumatic stress. Perry's lawyer said at the time of the confrontation, his client wasn't taking his medications.
"He had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. He got upset, was off his medications and acted up," defense attorney Theodore Koban said.
A forensic psychologist who examined Perry told the court the defendant is competent to face the long list of charges against him.
Perry is scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 3.