Tewksbury stabbing suspect faces new charges for assaulting officers

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Police Department has escalated charges against a man initially arrested for a stabbing at Tewksbury State Hospital after he assaulted two police officers during booking, according to Chief Ryan Columbus.

Brian Kobs, 39, of Gloucester, faced a litany of charges including attempted murder, breaking and entering, possession of a Class E drug, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Following his arrest, two counts of assaulting a police officer and two counts of threatening to commit a crime, among other charges, have been added.

The incident occurred on Thursday, Feb. 15, when Tewksbury Police responded to an assault report around 7 p.m. at the state hospital.

The victim, who was known to Kobs, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Kobs fled the scene, prompting a manhunt involving the Tewksbury Police Department Drone Unit, Massachusetts State Police Air Wing, and K-9 units.

He was located the next day, Feb. 16, hiding in a shed on Lee Street at approximately 8:46 a.m. and was apprehended without further incident.

After being treated for minor injuries, Kobs was brought to the police department for booking, where he attacked two officers and threw a telephone at one of them, resulting in the additional charges.

Currently held without bail, Kobs is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

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