A Bayonne man has been charged with attempting to run over an investigator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with his jeep after he was caught in the middle of suspected drug transactions, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Hakim G. Taylor, also known as Scott Taylor, Hakeem Horton, Anthony Lance and Hakim Smith, of Bayonne, was charged with assault on a federal officer, making his first appearance in Newark federal court yesterday.
On Tuesday, federal law enforcement agents were conducting surveillance in Newark when they observed Taylor and other individuals engaging in suspected narcotics transactions, officials said.
Upon being alerted of the presence of law enforcement officers, Taylor and another associate entered a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with Taylor in the driverâ€™s seat, the criminal complaint says.
As Taylor began to drive, law enforcement agents maneuvered themselves and their vehicles in an effort to box in the Jeep to conduct further investigation, authorities said.
A special agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) activated his red and blue flashing emergency lights and exited his undercover vehicle to approach the Jeep, officials said.
According to court documents, the agent was easily identified as law enforcement: wearing an HSI-issued external ballistic vest carrier, which is marked with large white letters stating â€œPOLICE â€“ HSIâ€ on both the front and back and also displays a large gold â€œSpecial Agentâ€ badge.
The agent identified himself as police and repeatedly ordered Taylor to stop and not to move. Taylor then allegedly accelerated the Jeep and aimed it toward the agent, striking the agent as Taylor drove away.
The agent was hit on his left shoulder and arm by the Jeep and the momentum of the impact threw him to the ground, causing multiple lacerations and abrasions. The agent was subsequently treated at a hospital emergency room, authorities said.
If convicted, Taylor faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.