Police: Bayonne man attempts to fight Quick Chek employee, resists arrest

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A Bayonne man yelled expletives and tried to fight a Quick Chek employee after being asked to leave, a short time later resisting arrest when police tried to detain him, authorities said. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Leon Stevens, 43, of Bayonne, was charged with simple assault, defiant trespass, resisting arrest and also processed for an outstanding warrant, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.

He was arrested at around 4:48 p.m. on Friday in front of the QuickChek located on 280 Broadway. Officers responded to QuickChek on a report of a verbal argument occurring there, officials said.

Upon arrival, a group of QuickChek employees were standing outside and pointed an officer in the direction of Stevens while also advising the officer that Stevens had also assaulted one of the employees inside the store, police said.

While speaking with Stevens, who was acting in a belligerent and erratic manner, the officer confirmed that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant, authorities said.

As the officer attempted to place him under arrest for the warrant, Stevens repeatedly pulled away from the officer and refused to submit to the arrest. With the assistance of a back-up officer, Stevens was able to be handcuffed, officials said.

After speaking with the store employees, it was determined that Stevens has been advised numerous times in the past to not enter the store since he almost always entered intoxicated and caused disturbances inside of the store, police said.

Last week, once Stevens entered the store and was told by the 27-year-old male victim (the Quick Chek employee) that he was not welcome in the store and needed to leave, he became irate, authorities said.

According to officials, he confronted the victim face-to-face and began yelling expletives at him before proceeded to push him before fleeing the store after other employees said they were calling the police.