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Five young adults from Bayonne were arrested early Wednesday morning according to Bayonne Police Captain Eric Amato for failing to disperse after they engaged in a shouting match with each other. Those arrested include 4 men and one, underage female:
- Juvenile Female, age 17 from Bayonne
- Adam H. Fakih, age 19 from Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne
- Michael A. Stephens, age 20 from West 17th Street, Bayonne
- Erik L. Vargas, age 26 from Lexington Avenue, Bayonne
- Jared L. Williams, age 18 from Broadway, Bayonne
According to Captain Amato, the above listed individuals were taken into custody at 3:14 on the morning of June 23rd from the area of 25th Street and Church Lane. Officers responded there to address a large group yelling obscenities at each other. As officers attempted to disperse the group, several individuals refused to obey their commands and continued their tumultuous behavior and engaged in physical altercations with each other.
As a result, Stephens was placed under arrest and as they attempted to place Williams under arrest, he resisted by grabbing two officers in an attempt to pull them to the ground. As the officers were attempting to arrest Williams, the female juvenile assaulted one of the officers and was also placed under arrest. While officers attempted to arrest her, she resisted by flailing her arms in an attempt to prevent being handcuffed.
While arresting the juvenile, Fakih attempted to pull the officers away from her and was placed under arrest for his actions. As officers attempted to arrest him, he tensed up his arms in an attempt to refuse being handcuffed and also grabbed the officers and pulled them towards him. He was ultimately subdued and taken into custody.
As the large group began to disperse, Vargas returned and attempted to agitate the crowd and the melee again. Officers then placed Vargas under arrest.
The individuals arrested face the following charges:
Juvenile 1: Aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and failure to disperse plus resisting arrest and obstruction of a governmental function
Stephens: Failure to disperse
Vargas: Failure to disperse
Williams: Failure to disperse and resisting arrest, plus obstruction of a governmental function
Fakih: Failure to disperse, resisting arrest and obstruction of a governmental function