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Victim On Medical Leave

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Portland police officer was seriously hurt as he attempted to make an arrest Thursday night outside the Preble Street Resource Center.

Officer Robert Pelletier has been placed on medical leave with several broken ribs and cuts to the face.

Police said Pelletier tried to enforce a ban on transient Ricardo Bennett, 50, from the soup kitchen when Bennett attacked him.

Additional officers arrived to assist Pelletier and take Bennett into custody.

Bennett is being held at Cumberland County Jail. He is charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal trespass and refusing to submit to arrest.
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