Bridgewater: Student Pleads Not Guilty to Pushing Woman Off Roof
A Bridgewater State University student has pleaded not guilty to pushing a woman off a roof during a party near campus early Sunday morning.
Alexander Marquez, 20, of West Springfield was arraigned in Brockton District Court today on one count each of Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon the ground and Disorderly Conduct.
According to Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, Bridgewater Police were trying to break up a crowd of 200 people at the party in the backyard of 51 Burrill Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Sunday (August 30) when they saw a 20-year-old woman, who s also a Bridgewater student, dancing on a garage roof.
The crowd was egging her on to jump when Marquez came up behind her and pushed her, whiplashing her head and forcing her off the roof, causing her to fall into the crowd below. Marquez cheered before jumping off the roof himself.
Immediately afterward, he was arrested by Bridgewater Police.
Officers were unable to locate the victim in the large crowd at first, but posted a message on Twitter asking for anyone with information to come forward. The woman reached out to police herself within minutes. Although she had fallen 10 feet and suffered scrapes and bruises, the victim denied medical treatment.
The Plymouth County DA s office said prosecutors asked for Marquez to be held on $5000 cash bail.
His attorney has asked for a bail hearing.
Marquez is due back in court on September 17.