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Cape Cod man arrested after struggle with police

After a violent struggle with Boston police that sent one officer to the hospital, a Cape Cod man armed with a knife was arrested in Roxbury late Friday night on charges that he tried to kidnap a woman and then broke into another woman’s residence, according to Boston Police spokeswoman Nicole Grant.

Christopher Baker, 43, of Centerville, was charged with failure to stop for police officers, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, home invasion, armed breaking and entering, attempted kidnapping, and operating a motor vehicle after revocation.

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The trouble started just after 8 p.m. when Baker allegedly tried to force a woman walking at the intersection of Marcella Street and Highland Street into his Jeep. The woman reported that he had been following her before he leaped out of his car and grabbed her.

The woman screamed for help and dropped to the ground, said Grant, and after trying once more to get the woman into his car, Baker allegedly fled. Several people saw it happen, said Grant. The woman was not injured, she said.

At around 10 p.m., as police were searching the Highland Street area, officers received a call for a breaking and entering near Fort Avenue. A witness said he’d seen a man flee in a white Jeep before the police had arrived.

Police spoke with a woman who said that Baker allegedly forced his way into her apartment and threatened her with a knife. He had been banging on her door earlier, she said, but had left. When he broke in, she said, she ran to a back room and screamed until he left.

Grant said it was unclear why Baker was banging on the woman’s door or why he returned. The woman did not know Baker and there were no reports of a man banging on other doors on Friday evening, said Grant. “It appears that he was a stranger to her,” said Grant.

The woman was not injured, Grant said.

About 15 minutes later, while officers were interviewing the victim, they got another call that Baker’s white Jeep had been spotted at the intersection of Cedar Street and Highland Ave.

Police tried to pull the Jeep over at the intersection of Cedar Street and Hawthorne Street, but Baker allegedly took off, leading police on a brief and erratic chase before coming to a stop on Thwing Street.

Baker then jumped out of his car, hitting a police car with his car door, and took off on foot down a steep hill. The police vehicle was not damaged, said Grant.

Officers caught up to Baker in a yard on Centre Street, where Baker allegedly pulled a knife and fought with police, sending one officer to Brigham and Women’s with minor injuries. The officer has since been released, said Grant.

Grant said that she did not information about whether Baker was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. His driver’s license was suspended, she said.

Baker was not injured during the fight, said Grant. She said the case is still under investigation.

Baker will be arraigned on Monday at Roxbury District Court.

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