14-Year Old Boy From Bayonne Arrested Following Verbal Altercation & Machete Possession

Bayonne Police have arrested a 14-year old boy for wielding a machete. Captain Eric Amato says the boy was taken into custody at 7:45 am on Friday in the area of 49th Street and Avenue E.

Officers responded to the area of 51st Street on a report of a fight.  Upon arrival, officers observed a group of individuals involved in a heated verbal altercation.  As officers approached the group, they observed Juvenile 1 in possession of a machete that he was swinging at another individual.  Once Juvenile 1 was aware of the police presence, he fled on foot with the machete after numerous commands by officers to drop the weapon and stop running.

A brief foot chase ensued, during which officers observed Juvenile 1 discard the machete in an alley of a nearby residence before entering an apartment complex in the area.  The juvenile was apprehended and placed into custody without incident inside the vestibule.  No injuries were reported.

The male juvenile has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.