Dorchester man arrested after ‘violent struggle’ Tuesday night

Malik Johnson-Mignott, 25, of Dorchester, faces multiple charges, including receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

When police attempted to arrest a 25-year-old Dorchester man found operating a vehicle that had been reported stolen, he allegedly began “punching and gouging officers in the face” Tuesday night, Boston police said

Malik Johnson-Mignott was ultimately charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest.

Officers went up to the vehicle near 17 Kenberma Road, Dorchester, around 10:39 p.m. after they confirmed it had been reported stolen out of Malden.

When police spoke with Johnson-Mignott, he allegedly told them he didn’t know who owned the vehicle. He then tried to get out of the driver’s side, and that’s when officers went to place him under arrest.

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“The male immediately became combative and violently resisted officers attempts to place the suspect in handcuffs,” police said. “Following a lengthy, violent struggle which consisted of the suspect punching and gouging officers in the face, the suspect was taken into custody.”