Man charged with hitting one-legged man with a baton outside Bayonne ShopRite


A man has been charged with hitting a one-legged man with a baton after they had an argument outside the Bayonne ShopRite earlier this month, police said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Oswaldo A. Gonzalez-Varon, 54, of North Brunswick, is charged with aggravated assault (with a weapon), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

He was taken into custody yesterday at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the area of 40th Street and Broadway after being identified as the actor an aggravated assault reported on January 2nd.

On that date at approximately at 10:50 a.m., officers responded to the 25th Street side of ShopRite, 583 Avenue C, on a report of an aggravated assault. Upon arrival, they were met by the 64-year-old male victim who is missing one leg and therefore disabled.

According to the victim, while he was loading groceries into his vehicle, the driver from a vehicle parked behind the victim’s vehicle began a verbal altercation with him, accusing him of striking his vehicle with a shopping cart.

During the altercation, the man, later identified as Gonzalez-Varon, returned to his vehicle and armed himself with an expandable baton-type weapon, approached the victim at his vehicle, and proceeds to jab him with the baton.

As the victim attempted to grab a tool to defend himself from the assault, Gonzalez-Varon hit him in the arms and hands with the baton as the victim was seated in his vehicle with the door open.

As a result of the assault, the victim suffered injuries to his right hand and left arm.

An investigation into the incident was conducted by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau, which resulted in Gonzalez-Varon being identified as the actor.

Yesterday, detectives observed Gonzalez-Varon in the area of 40th Street and Broadway and took him into custody without incident, authorities said.

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