An assault inside an ambulance over the weekend ends with a UMass student facing multiple charges.
21-year-old Riley Cronin was arraigned on four assault and battery charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court this morning.
The Amherst Fire Department ambulance was dispatched on Saturday evening to a call of a person hurt in a fight. Cronin was arraigned Monday morning after police say he assaulted a police officer and three paramedics. Investigators said the UMass student was being brought to the hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered while in an off-campus fight Saturday night when he attacked a paramedic. "He was here about to call the hospital when the patient was able to free himself, get up and struck the paramedic in the back of the head," said Assistant Amherst Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren. According to court documents, Cronin had gotten up from the stretcher and hit the paramedic in the back of the head, forcing him to fall over and being treated for a concussion. The driver of the ambulance told authorities he saw what happened through the camera on his dash. "He quickly pulled over and they tried to restrain the patient and another ambulance was nearby and came to help and the police also responded," Stromgren noted.
Then two more paramedics who came to help were also attacked:
"Cronin while handcuffed again became combative and became kicking paramedics attempting to secure him to the stretcher"
Cronin, according to documents, attacked a total of three paramedics and the police officer who responded. They were eventually able to restrain him, and firefighters say they are appalled by his actions. "First of all we are trying to help somebody and the person who is trying to help ends up being assaulted its simply unacceptable," Stromgren added.
A UMass Amherst spokesman said that while they cannot comment on a particular student, the dean is looking into the student code of conduct to see if Cronin will face sanctions at the university.
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