Bayonne man arrested for threatening 2 women with a knife, punching one of them in the face


A Bayonne man was arrested Friday evening after threatening two women with a knife and later punching one of them in the face before leading police on a brief foot pursuit, authorities said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jan Mario WilliamsRivera, 23, of Bayonne, was charged with simple assault, obstructing a governmental function, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose,
unlawful possession of a weapon, and aggravated assault, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

WilliamsRivera was taken into custody at approximately 6:24 p.m. from the area of 40th Street and Avenue E. Officers responded to the area on a report of a man that had threatened two females with a knife.

According to the 45- and 38-year-old female victims, as they exited their parked vehicle, they were approached by an unknown man, later identified as WilliamsRivera.

He immediately began shouting obscenities at the victims for reasons unknown while
threatening to stab them as he brandished a folding pocket knife.

As one victim began to phone the police, WilliamsRivera began to walk away as the victims followed him so as to point him out upon police arrival.

Before police arrival, WilliamsRivera again approached the 45-year-old woman and punched her in the faceĀ as he pushed her into a park bench, causing her to suffer a minor foot injury.

Upon hearing the sirens of responding police, the actor fled. Upon arrival, officers were informed by several witnesses that WilliamsRivera was running east on 42nd Street toward Avenue E.

Officers gave chase and ordered WilliamsRivera to stop running several times, to which he refused to comply. Officers were then able to intercept him in the area of 40th Street and
Avenue E where he was positively identified as the actor.

The knife was also recovered. During the arrest process, WilliamsRivera initially provided false pedigree information and was additionally charged for that offense, police said.

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