Police: UMass student assaulted paramedic helping woman

The man is scheduled to return to court December 12.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A University of Massachusetts Amherst student has pleaded not guilty to charges after police say he assaulted a paramedic in a campus dormitory, preventing emergency personnel from helping an unconscious woman.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/2fuAmkd ) reports that 20-year-old Jordan Ortiz, of Marshfield, entered the plea Monday to charges including assault and battery on an ambulance personnel.

Authorities say police and fire were called to McNamara Hall just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday on a report of an intoxicated woman who was unconscious and vomiting.

Court documents say officers were called into the room after hearing yelling. Police say an officer saw Ortiz take hold of and push a paramedic. They say Ortiz tore the paramedic’s vest during the struggle.

Ortiz is due back in court on Dec. 12.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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