Paul Madera, Chief of Police
612 Chapin St.,
Ludlow, MA 01056
For Immediate Release
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Ludlow Police Arrest and Charge Man with Pulling Knife on Police Officers
LUDLOW — Chief Paul Madera reports that the Ludlow Police Department arrested and charged a man who allegedly pulled a knife on two police officers Saturday morning.
ERNEST F. MARASA, AGE 64, OF LUDLOW was charged with:
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Two Counts)
- Obstruction of Justice
- Vandalizing Property
MARASA was booked and ordered held on $2,500 bail. He was transferred to the Hampden County Correctional Center and is expected to be arraigned on Monday at Palmer District Court.
On Saturday at approximately 9:15 a.m., Ludlow Police responded to a home on Higher Brook Drive for a 911 call where the caller requested police assistance.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to the adult female caller and assisted her in trying to retrieve her motor vehicle and cell phone from the home.
While the officers were in the home with the caller, a man, later identified as MARASA, approached the female caller while yelling at her and while holding something behind his back.
As Officer Stephen Sambor and Officer Ryan Collette intervened to stop MARASA from approaching further, MARASA pulled out an eight-inch folding lock-blade knife on the officers.
The officers ordered him to drop the knife, which he complied, and placed him under arrest. No one was injured in the incident.
The knife was seized as evidence and MARASA was taken to the Ludlow Police Department to be booked without further incident.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.