Police: Homeless man arrested for trespassing, shoving cop in Hoboken

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A homeless man was charged for trespassing, making matters worse by shoving a police officer and attempting to flee on foot before being arrested, police said. Hoboken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Nathaniel Peterson, 49, a homeless person known to frequent Hoboken, was charged with defiant trespass, resisting arrest, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats, according to Police Det. Sgt. Edgardo Cruz.

On Sunday, March 12, around 1:18 p.m., Det. William Collins was patrolling the Hoboken Housing Authority area when he saw Peterson exit 221 Jackson St., knowing he does not live there, officials said.

Collins asked Peterson what he was doing inside the building and he could not provide a reason for being on private property, authorities said.

While the officer was attempting to arrest the man for trespassing, Peterson shoved him and fled the scene on foot. Collins caught up with the defendant after a short distance and  struggle ensued, police said.

According to officials, other officers then arrived and helped Collins detain Peterson and transport him to headquarters before being remanded to the Hudson County jail.

Collins sustained a minor laceration during the struggle, authorities said.

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