Linden Police Officers Injured While Making Arrest

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

LINDEN — Two police officers were injured when they arrested an assault suspect at a McGillvray Place residence last weekend.

Marckenle Pierre, 25, of Union, was charged with simple assault, two counts of aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief.

At 4:50 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, Officers Juan Velarde and Philip Palma went to a home on the 700 block of McGillvray Place to investigate a report of an assault in-progress.

As officers arrived on the scene, they observed two women and a man standing on the front porch of the house. Officers then saw the man, later identified as Pierre, punch one of the women, a 21-year-old resident of the dwelling, in the face, authorities said.

Police arrested Pierre and were taking him to the patrol car when he allegedly began to curse at and threaten the officers. He tried several times to pull away from them and had to be held against the patrol car, according to police. Pierre allegedly refused to get into the back of the patrol car and was eventually placed laying down in the back seat. Pierre then allegedly began to kick the rear window of the patrol car with his feet, breaking it. The glass shattered and several small pieces struck Velarde, 34, who was standing outside the patrol car facing the window. He sustained several small facial lacerations.

Palma, 28, sprayed Pierre with mace in an attempt to make him compliant, police said. Palma then removed Pierre from the patrol car, and while Pierre was thrashing about, Palma injured his left wrist and thumb. Pierre eventually calmed down and was transported to headquarters.

Pierre was also charged with contempt warrants out of Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, Union Twp., Irvington, and Secaucus. Both officers were treated at headquarters by the Linden Fire Department ambulance and later taken to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth for further treatment. The 21-year-old woman suffered a swollen face but refused any medical treatment, according to police.

The charges against Pierre are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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