A man arrested on breaking and entering charges in Winthrop is accused of assaulting several police officers. 

On Dec. 18 around 1:42 p.m., Winthrop Police were called to a home on Golden Drive for a report of a suspicious man knocking on doors asking to come inside. 

When officers arrived the man was identified as James Matthew Reppucci, 35 of Winthrop. 

Reppuci stated that he worked for Massport and was there checking windows inside the apartments. 

Officers checked with Winthrop Housing Authority employees and they confirmed that no one from Massport had been authorized to check windows, nor were they doing any window repairs. 

Officers then attempted to arrest Reppucci and after a brief struggle he was placed in custody. 

During the struggle, a knife fell out of Reppucci’s pocket. 

After further investigation, officers learned from residents at a different home that Reppucci had entered their home without knocking and without identifying himself. 

According to police, during the booking process, Reppucci became uncooperative and assaultive. 

He had to be forcibly taken to the ground and during that process several officers were hurt. 

Reppucci was arraigned on Tuesday for two counts of breaking and entering for felony, four counts of receiving stolen property over $250, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count each of larceny from a building, arrestee furnishing a false name, trespassing, carrying a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property and entering in the daytime by false premises. 

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