KEENE — A Sullivan Street man has been charged with assaulting a Jaffrey police officer.
Justin Bean, 19, is being held on $1,000 cash bail following an arraignment Monday in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Jaffrey via webcam.
He is charged with simple assault for allegedly repeatedly striking Jaffrey police officer Joseph Golinski in Keene June 17.
Golinski had been found unconscious by his friends, another off-duty Jaffrey officer and an off-duty Nashua officer, after the trio had a run-in with two men.
According to an arrest affidavit written by Keene police detective Robert F. Collinsworth, Golinski had been out socially with the other off-duty officers when all three were returning to Golinski’s car.
“When the group returned to their vehicle, which had been parked in the Gilbo Avenue area, they observed what appeared to be two subjects letting air out of the tires of the vehicle.”
Before the off-duty officers arrived, another man saw what the two men were doing and attempted to intercede, telling the men to stop what they were doing.
This witness reported that the officers came up behind him to “make contact” with the two men and that one of the men fled on foot while “Golinski started to interact with the one subject who remained.”
The witness reported the remaining man began to assault Golinski striking him to the ground, then repeatedly striking him “in the head and face while Golinski (laid) on the ground, apparently unconscious.” The man eventually fled on foot.
While searching for the suspects, police stopped a vehicle on West Street whose driver matched the description of one of the suspects.
The driver denied involvement, but told police he had been in the area that night and knew there had been a fight.
While talking to the man police noticed clothing on the front seat of the car that matched the description of the other suspect.
When police went to the suspect’s Blue Jay Court home July 10 to speak to him, the suspect was not at home. His mother, though, said her son’s friend Bean had told her that he had been behind Margaritas when he got into a fight with a “DEA agent and knocked him out.”
She also said she knows that someone had attempted to let the air out of the victim’s tires.
Bean initially refused to talk to police. However, when the witness spoke to police in a follow-up interview he mentioned that when he attempted to intercede in the assault and get the suspect off Golinski the suspect had yelled at him “that he had just knocked out a DEA agent.”
Based on the matching comments from the witness and the Blue Jay Court woman, Bean was arrested Sunday.
He is scheduled to appear in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene Wednesday for a probable cause hearing.