Man Charged with Threatening Officers with Knife

Authorities in western Massachusetts have arrested a man suspected of threatening two police officers with a knife.

Ludlow Police Chief Paul Madera says 64-year-old Ernest F. Marasa, of Ludlow, was taken into custody over the weekend.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports the two officers were responding to a woman's call for help retrieving her car and cell phone from a home when Marasa allegedly brandished the knife Saturday morning.

He was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, obstruction of justice and vandalizing property, and ordered held on $2,500 bond.

Marasa was expected to be arraigned Monday at Palmer District Court. A police booking photo showed him making an obscene gesture.

It could not immediately be determined if Marasa had a lawyer.

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