At about 5:39 PM on Friday November 18, 2016, two officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) sustained injuries while placing a suspect in custody in the Boston Common near Tremont and Park Streets. The officers were walking on patrol when they observed the suspect, later identified as Joseph Demaio II, 31, of New Haven Connecticut, smoking in the park which is a Municipal Ordinance Violation. While the officers were speaking to the suspect, they learned that he was a wanted on an outstanding warrant which had been issued by the Connecticut Department of Corrections for a parole violation.
When the officers attempted to place the suspect in custody, a violent fight ensued which resulted in injuries to both officers. As the officers struggled to place the suspect in custody, a crowd began to gather around them, screaming at the officers while filming the incident on their cellphones.
Additional units quickly arrived on scene and the combative suspect was eventually placed in custody. The two injured officers were transported to an area hospital for treatment of head and knee injuries and later released. The suspect sustained minor lacerations during the incident. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault & Battery on a Police Officer (Injuries - 2 Counts), Resisting Arrest and Disturbing the Peace before answering for his Parole Violation in Connecticut.