Fall River Man Who Attempted to Stab Officer After Robbing Another Individual Found Dangerous

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
March 15, 2022

A 24-year-old Fall River man who allegedly attempted to stab a Fall River Police officer less than an hour after allegedly robbing another man in January has been found dangerous by a superior court judge and will be held without bail for at least the next 180 days, Bristol County District Attorney.

Dillon Nobles was indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury last month on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, resisting arrest, armed assault with intent to rob and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

On January 24th, Fall River Police responded to 482 Globe St. and spoke with an assistant manager for Nature’s Medicine. The manager indicated to officers that a male she identified as this defendant had come inside her store with his mother. The manager explained that while speaking with the defendant, he became belligerent with her, and she believed he was under the influence of some drug so she asked him to leave. After the defendant was outside for a few minutes, she came outside and saw the defendant pull out a knife and go towards a man who was standing outside. Officers also spoke with the male victim, who stated he did not have his ID on him and recognized the defendant from prison, so he asked the defendant if he could purchase marijuana for him. The defendant agreed and the victim gave him $30.  When the defendant was ejected from the store, he allegedly yelled to the male, “Now you just got beat. I’m going to stab you.” The defendant then pulled out a switch blade with the blade extended and attempted to stab the victim in the abdomen before fleeing with his cash. This incident was captured on video surveillance.

Approximately 20 minutes later, Fall River Police and paramedics were dispatched to the SRTA bus terminal for a report of a male who was non-responsive on a bus. Officers noted that when they arrived paramedics were already rendering aid to a male, later identified as the defendant, who needed to be administered a sternum rub in order to get him to respond. The defendant, upon waking, became combative and defiant, yelling at paramedics and appearing to be under the influence of some drug. Officers were able to convince the defendant to exit the bus without a physical altercation, but once he realized the officer was walking him towards the ambulance and stretcher, the defendant stopped moving forward and pulled out a knife from his pocket. The defendant then slashed at the officer with the knife, almost hitting him in the upper abdomen and neck area. The officer drew his weapon, and the defendant then took a step towards the officer with the knife raised over his head in an assaultive manner before abruptly turning and walking the other way. Numerous officers pursued the defendant, shouting commands for him to stop and drop the knife. Another officer got in front of the defendant and the defendant yelled to that officer that he was going to have to kill him. The officer then attempted to stop the defendant by grabbing his arm, at which point the defendant attempted to stab that officer in the head with the knife. A struggle ensued, during which police had to deploy a taser on the defendant. Only then were they able to place the defendant under arrest.  This incident was also captured on video surveillance.

The defendant was initially arraigned in late January in Fall River District Court and held as a danger.  He has since been indicted and arraigned in Superior Court, where a new dangerousness hearing was held earlier this month.  On March 10th, Fall River Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis issued an order finding the defendant to be a danger to the community and ordered him held without bail.  The defendant is due back in superior court on April 8th for a pretrial conference.

“I’m pleased the court found the defendant to be a danger to the community and held him without bail.  This was a very volatile situation that could have led to the serious injury or death of a police officer.   We look forward to prosecuting the case in court,“ District Attorney Quinn said.

*All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt*


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications