SAUGUS — Interim Chief Ronald Giorgetti reports that the Saugus Police Department has charged a local man with attempted murder.
JACOB BONIA, 25, OF SAUGUS, has been charged with:
- Assault and Battery Domestic
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
- Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Eight Counts
- Disorderly Conduct
- Town By Law Knife Violation
- Attempted Murder, Two Counts
At approximately 9:18 p.m. on Monday, Saugus Police responded to Woodbury Avenue for a report of a disturbance. When police arrived on scene, BONIA exited a building, armed with a knife. Police attempted to deescalate the situation and asked BONIA to drop the knife, and ultimately police decided to deploy a non-lethal “bean bag” projectile in order to subdue BONIA and secure the scene.
In accordance with the Saugus Police Department’s policy for administrative leave, the officer who deployed the projectile has been placed on administrative leave pending review of the incident.
BONIA was taken to an area hospital by ambulance on Monday following the incident. No arraignment date has been set at this time.
This incident remains under investigation by the Saugus Police Department and state police assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.