Juvenile Arrested For Aggravated Assault On Police Officer

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Published: July 17, 2010 @ 6:00 PM EDT
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Alfredo Mendez, 19, and a 15­year-old juvenile, both of Roselle Park were arrested on July 10 at 6:27 a.m. during the course of a missing persons investigation.

While searching for a 15-year­ old juvenile reported missing by his sister, officers went to West West­field Avenue to speak to the juve­nile’s friend, Alfredo Mendez. Mendez initially denied knowing the missing person. Police then spotted the juvenile running east­bound down the street.

Patrolmen Richard Hernandez, Jr. went to speak to the juvenile, who was agitated and argumenta­tive. Without provocation the juve­nile punched Hernandez in the face with a closed fist. A struggle ensued, with the juvenile spitting at police as they subdued and arrested him.

The juvenile was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer and throwing bodily fluids at a police officer.

Mendez admitted to attempting to conceal the whereabouts of the juvenile from police and was sub­sequently arrested for obstruction.

The arrests were made by Patrolmen Hernandez and Nicholas Vaughan. Hernandez was treated for a fractured nose at Union Hos­pital and released.