Thursday, March 31, 2011
Mayoral hopeful arrested in fight
Assault on police sergeant alleged
By Paula J. Owen TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
FITCHBURG — Mayoral candidate Kevin A. Lynch was being held until his dangerousness hearing after he was arrested Saturday night for assaulting a Fitchburg police officer and firefighter.
Lynch is charged with threatening to commit murder, assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Sgt. Kerry Siomos alleges that Lynch
assaulted him about 8:45 p.m. outside of JR’s Pub on North Street
Sgt. Siomos said he walked outside to move his car when Mr. Lynch and Mr. Gonzalez started yelling at him aggressively from North Street. He said he immediately recognized Mr. Lynch,“a man that has been stalking this officer for a long time who I consider very dangerous given my knowledge of his criminal past.”
Sgt. Siomos said Mr. Lynch continued screaming at him and said,“You cops are all done. I’m going to get all of you.”
The officer approached Mr. Lynch as he continued to yell and flail his arms Sgt. Siomos said Mr. Lynch had a deranged look on his face and threatened to kill Sgt. Siomos and his family.
"Lynch continued to assault this officer, at which time I punched subject, taking him to the ground,” Sgt. Siomos’ report said.
By this time people from both sides of the street and from the fire station had gathered to watch.
Sgt. Siomos said he told Mr. Lynch to stay on the ground, but when he got up and went after Sgt. Siomos again, Firefighter P.J. Roy, who had been on call as an emergency medical technician at the fire station, put his arms around him to restrain him. Mr. Lynch then began striking him with his elbows to get away, according to police reports.
Mr. Gonzalez tried to physically prevent Sgt. Siomos from arresting Mr. Lynch.
“I am very alarmed and it should be noted that both subjects have been recently observed outside watching my house, with my young daughter, elderly mother and fiancée at home,” Sgt. Siomos’ report said.
Mr. Lynch’s cellphone allegedly contained several close-up photos of Sgt. Siomos’ family car registration and was confiscated.
Mr. Gonzalez told police during booking that he and Mr. Lynch were going to the store to get dog food.
Mr. Lynch told police he was going to the CVS pharmacy to pick up his medications. Court documents say he is taking several medications, including Paroxetine for anxiety and depression.
Mr. Lynch’s request to preserve videotapes of the incident taken by cameras at the fire station was allowed at his arraignment Monday.
In February, after Mr. Lynch announced his bid for the Fitchburg mayor’s post, he told a reporter he had been convicted of “a few assault and battery on police officer cases over a span of 20 years” when he lived in Boston. Moreover, he said, he was also incarcerated in 1992 for seven years in connection with a manslaughter case.
In that case, Mr. Lynch said, a “few people” had come to his house for a party while his parents were on vacation, there was a fight and “somebody was killed in that fight.”
There were seven co-defendants in the case, said Mr. Lynch. Mr. Lynch and his brother pleaded guilty, he said. His brother served two years in prison. All of the other co-defendants pleaded not guilty, he said, but two others “did time” and another co-defendant is serving a life sentence.
Mr. Lynch moved to Fitchburg in 2000 and alleges that local and state police have harassed him since. He is self-employed as a carpenter.