Police: After arraignment, suspect threatened witnesses

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A University of Massachusetts student who was arrested for breaking into cars is now facing additional charges for threatening witnesses in the case, Amherst police say.

Lt. Ronald Young told 22News that Entricus Nyaigoti, 23, of Clinton, Mass. allegedly made the threats a short time after he was arraigned in court on the initial charges.

Young says that the alleged thefts happened early Sunday morning. Around 3:30 A.M., a man had flagged down police officers on Main Street to tell them that his car had been broken into, and that the suspect had assaulted him. Police investigated, and found another car on Main Street had also been broken into. In both cases, personal items were taken from the cars.

Nyaigoti, a UMass student living in a nearby apartment, was quickly identified as the suspect, Young says. He was arrested and arraigned Monday at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Nyaigoti was released following the arraignment, but Young says that around 4:30 P.M., police were called to Main Street again, where two witnesses in the car theft case reported to police they had been threatened. Police found Nyaigoti and arrested him again.

He was held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned on an assault and witness intimidation charge on Tuesday.

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