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Suspect in assault of disabled store clerk allegedly assaulted 2 BPD officers

by: Chris Flanagan Updated:

BOSTON - A man accused of assaulting an employee at a local store is also now accused of assaulting police officers.

Denver Petite-Homme, 24, faced a judge in South Boston District court Monday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to a host of charges stemming from an assault at the South Bay Center Stop and Shop.

Police say Saturday afternoon around 3:30, a security guard at the supermarket recognized Petite-Homme inside the store after he allegedly assaulted a handicapped employee on March 12.

The 24-year-old took off, but police officers found him in the South Bay Center parking lot a short time later.

They questioned him about that earlier incident and told him he was free to go, but could not drive his car because his license plates came back as revoked.

The suspect then ran to his car and tried to drive away.

When officers ordered him out of his car, they say he rammed into the side of the police cruiser and pushed it out of the way. Police say he also attempted to run over two Boston police officers.

Petite-homme then allegedly sped off.

His car was found nearby on Brook Avenue in Roxbury.

Petite-homme faces a list of charges, including two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for trying to run over the Boston police officers.

He has been held on $1,500 bail.