Lawrence Man Assaults Haverhill Police Officer During Christmas Day Arrest

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A Lawrence man spent Christmas Day behind bars after assaulting a Haverhill police officer on Monday, Dec. 25.

Fifty-year-old Jonathan Ventura was taken into custody at Bradford’s Farrwood Drive apartments, charged with assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of defacing property and two counts of destruction of property.

At the time of his arrest just after noon Monday, Ventura was found to be “accosting (or) annoying” a person and was engaged in “lewd, wonton and lascivious” behavior.