Police: Bayonne man charged with assault after ‘large fight in the middle of the street’

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A Bayonne man was charged with aggravated assault after being involved in “a large fight in the middle of the street” Saturday evening, punching one victim in the face repeatedly, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Keith A. Cunniffe, Jr., 34, of Bayonne, was charged with aggravated assault, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Cunniffe was taken into custody at approximately 6:25 p.m. from the area of Merritt Street and Avenue C. Officers responded to the area of 32nd Street and Avenue C on a report of a large fight in the middle of the street.

During the on-scene investigation, officers learned that two black sedans pulled into the area where numerous men, one of whom was identified as Cunniffe, exited the vehicles and he began to punch a 20-year-old male victim in the face numerous times, authorities said.

The males then retreated into their vehicles and fled northbound. Officers were able to locate the vehicle described by a witness in the area of Merritt Street and Avenue C where they conducted a motor vehicle stop.

During that investigation, the occupant of the vehicle was positively identified as Cunniffe and he was placed under arrest. The victim suffered facial injuries as a result of the assault and was treated at the Bayonne Medical Center, officials said.