Bayonne man assaults, spits on Hoboken cops after being charged for smashing windshield


A Bayonne assaulted and spit on Hoboken police officers yesterday, becoming combative after being charged with smashing a back car windshield, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Roodberth Melon, 26, of Bayonne, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal attempt burglary, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

Yesterday at about 3:22 p.m., a witness reported that a man had just broken the back windshield of a motor vehicle in the area of 3rd and Washington Streets. The witness followed and provided a description and direction of travel of the alleged actor.

Moments later, Officer Tyrone Huggins located the suspect in the area of 1st and Washington Streets. The suspect was later identified as Melon.

Huggins approached Melon and gave him verbal commands to stop, but he did not comply and continued walking.At this time, Detective Conor Milne arrived and also attempted to stop Melon. However, Melon shoved Milne and took a fighting stance.

As a result, Huggins and Milne approached Melon to place him under arrest. Melon resisted arrest with force, and with the assistance of Lt. Keith Rotondi and Police Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons, they were able to place Melon under arrest.

As Melon was being escorted to a radio car, Melon turned towards Det. Sgt. William Collins and spat on his face. Melon was then placed in the radio car and transported to Hoboken University Medical Center.

While being escorted out of the radio car and into the hospital, Melon continued to resist officer’s control and assaulted Police Officer Anthony Olivera. Melon was ultimately still taken into the hospital for treatment and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

All charges were placed on a warrant and Melon was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, police said.