Police: Bayonne man claims to be Clark Kent after shouting threats of violence at cops


A Bayonne man who shouted threats of violence at police, as they attempted to de-escalate a heated argument between three people, identified himself as Clark Kent as he was being arrested, authorities said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Matthew T. Harley, 27, of Bayonne, has been charged with terroristic threats,
obstructing a governmental function, hindering apprehension, disorderly conduct, and
three counts of contempt, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Harley was taken into custody at about 10:19 a.m. after officers responded to the area of West 2nd Street on a report of a disturbance involving a male possibly armed with a knife.

A description of the man, later identified as Harley, was broadcast to responding units. As officers arrived, they were able to locate him involved in a heated argument with two other men.

As officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by separating them, Harley refused to comply and continued to behave belligerently by refusing to remove his hands from his pockets as he shouted threats of violence toward the officers.

During the entirety of the investigation, Harley continued shouting threats of violence, and due to his aggressive and tumultuous behavior, caused area residents to became alarmed and emerge from their homes to see what was occurring outside.

During the investigation, officers attempted to obtain his pedigree information, to which Harley claimed his name to be Clark Kent – Superman’s alter ego.

As he was placed under arrest and his true identity was obtained, it was also revealed that he was wanted on three outstanding warrants: one out of Bayonne and two out of Jersey City.

He was processed accordingly and no knife was recovered, police said.

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