Police: Bayonne man arrested after getting physical with cops investigating street fight

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A Bayonne man was arrested last night after he got physical with police officers who were investigating a street fight he was involved in, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Santiago, 44, of Bayonne, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a governmental function, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Santiago was taken into custody at approximately 8:50 p.m. from his residence on West 21st Street. Officers responded to the area on a report of two people fighting on the outside, one of whom may be in possession of a gun.

Upon arrival, officers did not observe anyone in the area and no fight. During the on-scene investigation, officers were able to ascertain the address of one of the individuals involved, later identified as Santiago, and proceeded to his address to continue their investigation.

After being let in by another resident, Santiago, in an apparent intoxicated and excited state, was located and became irate as he yelled at the officers while placing his hands on an officer’s chest in an attempt to push him out of the apartment.

Santiago also repeatedly grabbed the officer’s arm, prompting another officer to assist with subduing the suspect and place him under arrest. Still, Santiago resisted by tensing up and refusing to be handcuffed as he repeatedly pulled his arms away from the arresting officer.

Eventually, the officers were able to subdue Santiago and place him into handcuffs.

After locating and speaking with the other individual involved in the fight, it was determined that no gun was involved and Santiago was transported to the Bayonne Medical Center to receive treatment for a pre-existing foot injury.