A 14-year-old Bayonne boy has been charged with attempting to use a machete during a street fight on Friday evening, police said.
The 14-year-old juvenile, of Bayonne, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, 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 at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Friday from the area of 49th Street and Avenue E. Officers responded to the area of 51st Street on a report of a fight.
Upon arrival, officers observed a group of individuals involved in a heated verbal altercation. As officers approached the group, they observed the teenager in possession of a machete that he was swinging at another individual.
Once he was aware of the police presence, he fled on foot with the machete after numerous commands by officers to drop the weapon and stop running.
A brief foot chase ensued, during which officers observed Juvenile 1 discard the machete in an alley of a nearby residence before entering an apartment complex in the area.
The juvenile was apprehended and placed into custody without incident inside the vestibule and no injuries were reported, authorities said.