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Bridgehampton Man Charged After Allegedly Lunging at Police Officer with Knife

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A 19-year-old Bridgehampton man was arrested by Southampton Town Police Friday afternoon after he allegedly lunged at a police officer with a knife after the officer ordered him to drop the weapon.

Around 3:15 p.m. Southampton Town Police responded to an emergency call of a subject with a knife chasing another man at the Watermill Commons on Montauk Highway in Water Mill. A single police officer arrived while additional units were en route from Bridgehampton when police said the lone officer came upon Jesse Amberstone, 19, of Bridgehampton. He was allegedly holding a knife.

According to Southampton Town Police, the officer ordered Amberstone to drop the weapon when Amberstone lunged at the officer, “making slashing motions towards him.” The officer “quickly put distance between him and the assailant,” according to police using pepper spray on Amberstone to subdue him.

Police say Amberstone then resisted being handcuffed with additional officers and employees working in the area coming to assist the police officer in his arrest. Amberstone was disarmed and taken to Southampton Hospital along with two officers who were treated for minor injuries and released.

He was charged with attempted assault in the second degree on a police officer, menacing a police officer – felony crimes – as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

Amberstone was held for morning arraignment at Southampton Town Justice Court.