Amherst Police respond to several fights over weekend

Staff Writer
Monday, December 20, 2021

AMHERST — Several altercations, including one in which a man allegedly brandished a knife on a downtown street, kept police officers busy over the weekend.

At 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 10, police were called to the area of Town Hall for a reported fight between four men and one woman. The combatants then moved to Main Street, where a man made threats with a knife while on the sidewalk in front of several businesses, according to police. When officers got there, they frisked a suspect and located the weapon.

William S. Brunault, 34, of 39 West Glen St., Holyoke, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a class B drug, police said.

About two hours later, police were called to South Prospect Street for a conflict taking place between people living at neighboring homes.

Joseph Vincent Masterson, 22, of Danvers, was arrested at 1:59 a.m. Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct after he interfered with police trying to calm down the situation, police said.

At 2:38 a.m., police returned to the neighborhood following an appeal from Amherst College Police. A window on a South Prospect Street home was allegedly broken by a man with a broom.

That man, Flynn Michael McGilvray, 22, of Bolton, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and vandalizing property, police said.

At 1:37 a.m., Saturday, police were called about a woman wielding a knife in front of the downtown post office who chased college-age people toward Kendrick Park. The woman was not located, and those who claimed she had assaulted them made it safely back to their dorm.

At the Craig’s Place homeless shelter at 6:18 a.m. Saturday, guests were reported throwing coffee at each other. One woman involved also struck another person with a wooden table, claiming that she did so in retaliation for being called names, police said.

Tyara Sidney Lewis, 25, of Waterbury, Connecticut, was arrested on two counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery with dangerous weapons and a charge of disorderly conduct, police said.

A final assault was reported on Main Street at 1:02 a.m. Sunday when a man said he was struck in the back of his head by two assailants. He declined medical attention and was uncooperative in informing police where the house party was.