North Adams man arrested in NY; charged in knife attack on MCLA student


NORTH ADAMS >> A city man wanted for a allegedly assaulting a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts student with a knife has been arrested in New York.

Joshua Allen, 26, of Montana Street, had been wanted by police since he allegedly assaulted the commuter student on Montana Street early Sunday. He also harmed a dog and destroyed the victim's property in the process, police said.

New York State Police arrested Allen on Thursday at a family member's house in Westerlo, N.Y., according to North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio. Allen was transported to the New Scotland State Police Barracks and was being held in the Albany County Correctional Facility.

MCLA Police were first called about the incident Sunday afternoon and quickly handed over the investigation to North Adams Police, who obtained an arrest warrant for Allen. Police had expected Allen may be in New York, where he has family.

Allen is expected to be charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, animal cruelty, strangulation, two counts of malicious destruction of property, and assault and battery. He will need to be brought back to Massachusetts before facing those charges.

Although the student does not live on campus, Montana Street runs adjacent to the MCLA campus.


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