January 11, 2013

Man removed from school faces charges of assault at hospital

By MATT HONGOLTZ-HETLING Morning Sentinel

The man who was subdued with a Taser and removed from Lawrence High School on Wednesday reportedly assaulted two hospital staff members in Waterville that evening, police said.

Charges are pending against Ronald Brousseau, 48, of Fairfield, who was evaluated at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer campus in Waterville after he was arrested at Fairfield's high school.

Two officers responded to a call from the hospital about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, but staff members had restrained Brousseau by the time they arrived, Waterville Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Rumsey said one staff member reported having a lump on the back of her head from the assault. Another hospital employee reported being assaulted by Brousseau, who remains in the hospital.

On Wednesday morning, Lawrence High's staff questioned Brousseau after he was found walking in the school's hallways. Staff members determined he had no legitimate business at the school, and when they asked him to leave, he refused.

Police were called and found Brousseau, unarmed, leaving the building.

When officers ordered him to leave school grounds, he refused and then resisted arrest, Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bard said.

Officer Shanna Blodgett used a Taser on Brousseau as she took him into custody. He was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Bard said Fairfield police have found no connection between Brousseau and the school. Brousseau's family confirmed that he lives about a half-mile from the school.

The school was not locked down while Brousseau was there, but students were kept in their classrooms for a few minutes, school officials said.

Brousseau suffered no injuries from the arrest, Bard said. Police took him to the hospital for reasons Bard would not disclose. Brousseau's bail conditions mandate that he stay off school grounds.

Morning Sentinel Staff Writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be contacted at 861-9287 or at:

mhhetling@centralmaine.com

 

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