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Amherst Man Arrested after Early Morning Assault

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) – A 19-year-old Amherst man is under arrest, accused of a serious assault on a UMass student.

Amherst Police Lt. Ronald Young says that just after midnight Friday, officers responded to the intersection of Kellogg Avenue and North Pleasant Street after a report of an assault.

When officers got there, they found a 21-year-old man unresponsive and suffering from head trauma.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Investigators believe that his injury is not life-threatening at this time.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim and the suspect, identified by police at 19-year-old James Anthony Harris of Amherst, got into a verbal exchange on the street.

Harris then allegedly hit the victim in the face, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the sidewalk.

Young says that Harris then fled the scene, but was found hiding in a Kellogg Avenue apartment a short time later.

Harris is charged with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He is being held pending his arraignment Friday in Eastern Hampshire District Court.

Young notes that the investigation remains ongoing.

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