AYER -- On Dec. 28, Ayer police arrested a 55-year-old homeless man who faces several charges after he allegedly entered an Ayer home without permission, refused to leave, inappropriately touched a person while inside the home, and allegedly attacked an occupant with a pocket knife.

Todd McDermott was charged with assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a knife), indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or over, trespassing, and breaking and entering. Police say McDermott knew the victim and the matter remains under investigation. The victim of the knife slash sustained a "very minor injury" which did not require medical treatment, according to police.

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On Dec. 29, Ayer police arrested a 54-year-old Ayer man on assault and battery and charges of threatening to commit a crime. David Forman of Columbia Street was also found to have three outstanding default warrants pending against him -- two from Lowell District court and one from Clinton District Court.

Police were called to Forman's residence for a domestic disturbance call in which a physical altercation and threats to commit harm were reported. Police state that no medical treatment was required, nor was application made for a restraining order against Forman.

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Also on Dec. 29, Ayer police arrested a 29-year-old Maynard woman who was charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and had an outstanding warrant.


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Police were called to a Willard Street residence on Saturday night for a domestic disturbance call in which a physical altercation was reported. Upon arrival, responding officers reported observing the suspect, Gina Tankersley, striking the victim.

The victim alleged that Tankersley struck him as he was trying to call police and ripped the phone from the victim's grip. Tankerksley was wanted on a warrant out of Somerville District Court for two counts of assault and battery.

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