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A city man accused of assaulting a child Friday evening later turned his attention to officers, Lockport police said.

Main Street resident Peter L. Ackroyd, 55, is accused of punching in the face an officer who tried to stop him for questioning, police said.

Ackroyd was arrested on a felony assault count, as well as harassment and resisting arrest charges. He was held in lieu of $250 bail pending arraignment in City Court.

Officer Rodney Peters reported that he responded to the Locks Plaza area about 7:30 p.m. after receiving a report of an intoxicated man who had assaulted a child. Investigation revealed the juvenile victim had been grabbed and pushed by the man, who had fled the area.

Peters later observed Ackroyd walking in front of City Hall but said that Ackroyd ignored his requests to stop. After stopping, Ackroyd refused to cooperate or answer questions, Peters said.

When Ackroyd tried to walk away again, Peters grabbed him by the arm, at which time Ackroyd turned and punched Peters in the face, the officer said. After a brief struggle, Peters said, Ackroyd was taken into custody.

Peters suffered a hand injury during the altercation and was treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital, as was Ackroyd, whose injuries were not detailed.

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