Police charge man with strangulation

Sep 21, 2019

A 50-year-old Wareham man was arrested for strangulation and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer Wednesday night.

On September 18 at 8:30 p.m., Wareham Police responded to the Tobey Hospital emergency room for a disturbance. At the scene, Officers Christopher Corner and Lorenzo Grosso found a man, later identified as Paul Patterson, who was acting unruly and swearing loudly. Additionally, police discovered that Patterson had attacked another man, grabbing him by the neck just prior to the officer’s arrival. As a result, Patterson was placed under arrest.

Later, at the police station, Patterson became combative and attacked officers when they attempted to take a cell phone from him. During the scuffle, Patterson kicked Officer Nate Aronson and Sgt. Steve Soqui. Patterson then grabbed Officer Aronson by his uniform shirt at the neck and attempted to strike him with his other hand. After a violent struggle, Patterson was secured in a holding cell, but remained combative.

Patterson was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, strangulation, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.