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Newton student arrested in wall-punching

Posted by Caitlin Castello  February 4, 2010 10:34 AM

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An 18-year-old Newton student was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly punched holes into a corridor wall at the city’s new alternative high school when he was asked to leave for a second time, police said.

The student, Eric C. Brown, was arrested at his Pearl Street home and is charged with intimidating a witness and destruction of property, said Newton police Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker.

Brown was at Central High School, located in the same Walnut Street building as the Education Center, and exchanged words with a student when he was asked to leave, said Apotheker.

Police were contacted about the incident. When an officer was driving to Brown’s Nonantum home, the officer received a call that Brown had returned to the school.

When Brown returned to the school for a second time, he opened the office door with such force, the door knob punctured a hole in the wall, said police.

When he was told to leave, Brown allegedly proceeded to punch holes into the walls of the hallway on his way out before driving away in an older model Honda Accord, said Apotheker.

Police then went to Brown’s home, where he was arrested.

Central High School is an alternative high school that was established this year.

Caitlin Castello can be reached at caitlincastello@gmail.com.

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