Police: Hoboken cop attacked after breaking up fight, recovering knife

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A Hoboken police officer was attacked after breaking up a street fight, recovering a folding knife from the aggressor, authorities said. Hoboken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Andre Wheeler, 34, of Hoboken, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, certain persons not to have weapons, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Police Officers Damien Bates and Dominick Allegretta observed two males in the area of 5th and Jackson Streets ready to engage in a fist fight. As a result, the officers exited their vehicle and proceeded to separate both males, officials said.

Wheeler continued his attempt to charge at the other man and disregarded the officers’ orders to stop. At this time, Bates noticed the defendant hiding an object behind his back. He was asked repeatedly to about the item which he ignored, police said.

They were eventually able to retrieve a folding knife hidden in his back and Wheeler was placed under arrest without further incident and transported to headquarters for processing, authorities said.

Prior to transportation, a check found him to be in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana. Meanwhile, the other male cooperated with officers and was sent on his way, officials said.

While being processed, Wheeler was also charged with aggravated assault and obstruction due to the attempted assault on Allegretta, as well as his his refusal to be processed, authorities said. He was later transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.