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Man Accused of Assaulting Woman in Boston’s South End Held on Bail

Police say Michael Powers "violently restrained" a woman along Harrison Avenue on Sunday

A man accused of assaulting a woman in Boston's South End over the weekend was ordered held on $20,000 bail during a court appearance Tuesday.

Michael Powers, 34, of Boston, did not show his face during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court where he was charged with kidnapping, assault and aggravated assault and battery.

Powers was arrested Monday without incident, a day after Boston police say he "violently restrained" a woman along Harrison Avenue.

The assault took place around 4:55 p.m., according to Boston police. The woman was able to free herself and call for help. Powers allegedly fled the area on foot, evading witnesses who tried to stop him.

Authorities released a picture of Powers, ultimately leading to his arrest.

In addition to the assault charges, police said Powers was also wanted on several outstanding warrants out of Boston, Brockton and Lowell courts, including an assault charge, breaking and entering and drug possession.

It's unclear when Powers will face the new charges or when he is due back in court.

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