An Orange, MA, man faces charges after punching a police officer and threatening to kill the officer’s family members and force the officer to watch as he ate them, reports the Recorder.
Jeffrey R. Liimatainen, 26, pleaded not guilty in Orange District Court on Friday to charges of assault and battery on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime (wit murder), and possession of a Class E drug. He was released on personal recognizance.
Liimatainen reportedly made the threat while being transferred to the Franklin County House of Corrections after throwing a boot at Orange Police Officer Adam R. Cooley and punching him in the chest.
According to court documents, Cooley was dispatched to an address on West River Street at roughly 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 on a report of a woman who wanted her intoxicated son removed from her home. When a friend declined to take in Liimatainen for the night, Cooley placed Liimatainen in protective custody.
After arriving at the police station, Liimatainen reportedly told police he was going to fight the officers and run away. While being transferred to Greenfield, Liimatainen told Cooley he was going to find the officer’s address and tie him up before killing and eating his entire family while the officer watched.