- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Pawtucket police say two officers were assaulted while breaking up an unruly crowd outside a nightclub. One man was arrested and another is being sought.

Officers responded to a fight near The Met on Main Street at about 1 a.m. Friday.

Police say Officer Matthew Mello was trying to arrest a man when another person punched him in the head. Authorities say that when officers were arresting the man who punched Mello, a large group surrounded them, yelled obscenities and someone kicked a second officer, who wasn’t seriously hurt.

Mello has been discharged from Rhode Island Hospital.

Police charged 23-year-old Aderito Andrade of Pawtucket with assaulting Mello. He’s being held without bail. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Authorities are seeking the person who kicked the other officer.



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