EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 20, 2013

Haverhill man indicted in assault case

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — A Haverhill man who allegedly assaulted and seriously injured another man who was walking along Lowell Avenue this summer has been indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury. Another man who police charged with taking part in the assault has his case pending in Haverhill District Court.

Charles Chute, 36, of 84 Harrison St., was indicted on Monday on a charge of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said the maximum penalty Chute could receive if found guilty in District Court is two and a half years in the house of correction, but if found guilty in Superior Court he faces a more severe penalty of up to five years in state prison.

Police charged a second man with participating in the assault. Michael Lafond, 20, of 465 Primrose St., was previously arraigned on the charge of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. Lafond was scheduled for a status hearing yesterday in Haverhill District Court, where his case is being handled, Kimball-Monahan said.

According to a police report, on July 12 at approximately 1:45 a.m., police were dispatched to the Cumberland Farms convenience store at 426 Lowell Ave., which is in the Westgate Plaza area.

Police found 46-year-old Roland Pollier of Haverhill on the ground. He was conscious at the time but was unable to answer some of the basic questions posed by police.

Witnesses at the scene pointed out two men who police identified as Chute and Lafond. Witnesses said Pollier was walking on Lowell Avenue towards Chunky’s Cinema when a vehicle approached and Chute got out of the driver’s side and began arguing with Pollier.

Witnesses said another man, who police identified as Lafond, got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and both he and Chute started to push Pollier. Witnesses said Chute punched Pollier in the face, knocking him to the ground, then Lafond punched Pollier in the face.

When questioned by police, Chute said Pollier hit him in the face first, and he retaliated.

Pollier was transported to Lawrence General Hospital and was subsequently air-lifted to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston due to a brain bleed requiring neurosurgery. Police subsequently charged Chute and Lafond with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.

Lafond was arraigned on the charge July 15 in Haverhill District Court, where he was held without bail. His case was continued to July 22, when he was released on personal recognizance with pretrial conditions, including having to remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random screenings.

Chute was also arraigned July 15 in Haverhill and was ordered held on $3,500 cash bail. A number of pretrial conditions were set, including pretrial probation, having to remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random screenings. Court officials said Chute was released Aug. 6 after a woman who resides at 84 Harrison St. posted his $3,500 bail.