Man assaults juvenile daughter with kitchen knife

Union City, NJ–Jose Gomez, 34, was arrested for aggravated assault after threatening his juvenile daughter with a kitchen knife.

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Police were dispatched to an apartment on Palisade Avenue after receiving a report of a verbal dispute involving a knife.  Upon entering one of the bedrooms, Officer Navarro observed an adult female and juvenile female sitting on a bed with their backs against a wall.  Gomez along with a male child were standing next to them.

When Navarro asked Gomez if there was a problem, he explained that he and his wife had had a verbal disagreement.  However, his wife and daughter stated that Gomez was intoxicated and had lunged at his daughter with a knife.

Gomez had been upset after returning home to find his wife was out with friends.  He began yelling at his daughter and demanding to know where his wife had gone.  At this point, Gomez grabbed a kitchen knife while his daughter and her brother locked themselves in the bedroom.  Gomez then used the knife to pry open the door and swung it at his daughter with the sharp tip pointed in the girl’s direction.

Another tenant in the apartment came to the bedroom to intervene, however, Gomez still repeatedly taunted his daughter with the knife by tapping it on his lap.

Gomez’s wife then returned home and demanded that he get rid of the knife and leave.  After placing it on the kitchen table, Gomez began arguing with his wife about where she had been.  Soon after, police arrived.

Gomez was placed under arrest and walked to Navarro’s patrol car without incident.  His wife and children were transported to headquarters where complaints for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault and terroristic threats were signed.

Alfreda Kennedy from Child Protection and Permanency was notified of the incident and said the case would remain open.

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