Police: 5 arrested in Bayonne for early morning street fight where teen assaulted officer

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Five people were arrested in Bayonne for an early morning street fight where a juvenile, 17, assaulted a police officer as she and two other friends resisted arrest.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The juvenile, 17, Michael Stephens, 20, Erik Vargas, 26, Jared Williams, 18, and Adam Fakih, 19, all of Bayonne, were each charged with failure to disperse, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

The teenager, Williams, and Fakih were also charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of a governmental function, with the 17-year-old being the only person charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

They were all taken into were taken into custody around 3:14 a.m. Wednesday morning from the area of 25th Street and Church Lane. Officers responded there to address a large group yelling obscenities at each other.

As they attempted to disperse the group, several individuals refused to obey their commands and continued their tumultuous behavior, engaging in physical altercations with each other.

As a result, Stephens was placed under arrest and as they attempted to place Williams under arrest, he resisted by grabbing two officers in an attempt to pull them to the
ground.

As the officers were attempting to arrest Williams, the juvenile assaulted one of the officers and was also placed under arrest. While officers attempted to arrest her, she resisted by flailing her arms in an attempt to prevent being handcuffed.

Then while arresting the juvenile, Fakih attempted to pull the officers away from her and was placed under arrest for his actions.

As officers attempted to arrest him, he tensed up his arms in an attempt to refuse being handcuffed and also grabbed the officers and pulled them towards him. He was a ultimately subdued and taken into custody.

As the large group began to disperse, Vargas returned and attempted to agitate the crowd and the melee again, resulting in him being placed under arrest, authorities said.