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A Watertown man faces weapons and assault charges after he allegedly displayed knife during a domestic dispute and fought with police officers early Monday morning.

Robert E. Rivera, 22, of 505 Washington St., Apt. 302, was charged by Watertown police Monday in the 100 block of Keyes Avenue with felony charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault. He was also charged with second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing and resisting arrest.

Mr. Rivera allegedly displayed a knife and punched and kicked Mariah K. Harris, police said.She suffered scrapes to her left shoulder, leg and swelling to her head during the domestic incident at about 1:10 a.m. Monday at his apartment, police said.

He is also accused of punchingPolice Officer Wayne M. McConnell, causing swelling and bruising to his eye and cuts to hiselbow when Mr. Rivera continued to fight with officers on the ground. Officer Chad D. Frederick also suffered cuts to his leg after Mr. Rivera kicked him in the arm and groin area. Mr. Rivera also damaged a patrol car when he kicked it, police said.

The weapons charges stems from a previous third-degree burglary conviction in Jefferson County Court, police said.

Mr. Rivera was arraigned in Watertown City Court and then remanded to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $2,500 bail.

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