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Homeless man charged in January attack on Canton police officer

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CANTON — A homeless man accused of assaulting a village police officer in January is in custody.

Village police on Wednesday charged Richard C. Harrison, 28, with felony assault of a police officer and misdemeanor second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Harrison allegedly attacked officer Kevin J. Mousaw at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Association for Neighborhood Rehabilitation, 15 Commerce Lane, where Mr. Harrison was staying.

Mousaw and Chief Lori A. McDougal went to the single-room-occupancy building to take Harrison to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, for a mental health evaluation. When they attempted to detain him, he allegedly head-butted Mr. Mousaw and punched him.

Harrison fled and was picked up minutes later on Dies Street by state police and St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies.

Mr. Mousaw has remained off duty since the incident. He was treated at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, for a concussion, injuries to his mouth and damage to several teeth. Ms. McDougal said he will not be back on duty for the rest of the month.

Harrison was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was arraigned in Canton Town Court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

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