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December 19, 2012

Booze bus brawler charged with trying to murder cop

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Two women, Kimberly Almonte, 24, and Stephanie Ortiz, 22, first assaulted Earnshaw, hitting him in the chest and trying to grab his microphone for his radio, according to court records.

As another officer was handcuffing Ortiz, Gomez went up behind Earnshaw, grabbed the police officer and put him “in a full nelson type hold,” according to court papers. Reaching under the officer’s arms and disabling him, Gomez then slammed Earnshaw into the ground headfirst into the pavement. Earnshaw was treated and released at Holy Family Hospital for the abrasions to his head, hand and knees.

Two other officers used knee and palm-heel strikes to loosen Gomez’s harmful grip on Earnshaw and arrest him, according to court records.

“The defendant did engage in extremely disorderly, turbulent conduct,” said Sarmini, asking Sullivan to set bail at $10,000.

In court yesterday, Earnshaw sat with his father-in-law, Larry Giordano, a former city councilor and state commissioner of public safety. Police Chief Joseph Solomon and other department top brass lined the front row of the courtroom gallery.

These four people were arraigned on the following brawl-related charges, released on personal recognizance and told to return to court with Gomez on Jan. 18:

Kimberly Almonte, of 237 North Main St., apt. 9, Andover, assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and inciting a riot.

Stephanie Ortiz, of 143 Bennington St., Lawrence, disorderly conduct, obstructing justice and inciting a riot.

Joel Ynfante, 31, of 21 Wingate St., apt. 309, Haverhill, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot.

Joel Sosa, 35, of 387 Summer St., first floor, Lynn, disturbing peace, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot.

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