NORTH ADAMS — A Walnut Street man is facing assault charges for allegedly kicking a North Adams police officer in the groin after being subdued with pepper spray.

Kenneth Rock, 61, allegedly knocked out a man and attempted to punch a woman at about 8:30 p.m. Friday following a day of drinking on Willow Dell.

When police arrived on scene, Rock was allegedly still threatening to assault the woman and later bragged to officers that he had knocked out the man "with one punch to the nose," according to a police report filed by North Adams Police Officer Kyle Cahoon.

Rock also threatened to fight the officer as revenge for the last time Cahoon arrested him, according to the report.

Rock allegedly refused to be placed under arrest and verbally assaulted officers as he took an "assaultive stance" toward Cahoon and Sgt. Jason Wood as they attempted to apprehend him, according to the police report.

Cahoon stated he used a one-second burst of peppery spray in an attempt to subdue Rock, but he still refused to lie on the ground. He then used a second burst of pepper spray and finally complied after "several orders" from police, according to the report.

But as Wood complained that the spray had also burned his eyes, Rock allegedly said "you know what else burns? This," before kicking Wood in the groin.


During the booking process, Rock, who suffered minor injuries during the scuffle, allegedly threatened to kill Cahoon several times, according to the police report. He also allegedly spit around the booking area, at one point striking an officer.

Rock pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and two counts of assault and battery.

He was released on $500 bail and scheduled to appear on July 29 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.