Man Faces Charges After Punching Officer, Restaurant Owner

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A man who was asked to leave a Watertown restaurant allegedly punched the owner and when confronted by police he allegedly punched an officer.

On Oct. 4 at 9:32 p.m., Avedis Vartanian, 61, of Somerville, had been sitting at the bar at Stellina Restaurant in Watertown Square when be began going into another room and bothering other customers, said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn.

“The owner asked him to leave the restaurant and when he was walking him out Vartannian turned and punched the owner in the face a couple of times,” Lawn said.

Police officers across the street came over to tell Vartanian to stop.

“He began arguing and punched one of the officers,” Lawn said.

Vartanian was arrested on charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and making threats, Lawn said.

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