UMass Armed Assault Suspect Held Without Bail

A Framingham man charged with an armed assault during a drug deal in a University of Massachusetts-Amherst dormitory has been held without bail.

Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of 19-year-old William McKeown at his arraignment Monday on charges including armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He is scheduled back in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

Authorities say McKeown and another man who remains at large were let into the dorm last Thursday for a marijuana deal. They say McKeown struck the victim on the head with a gun and stole $120 before fleeing. No shots were fired. The suspects are not UMass students.

Reports of armed men on campus prompted a two-hour shelter-in place order.

McKeown's lawyer refused comment outside court.



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