A Bayonne man was arrested after being pepper sprayed by a neighbor for ripped their apartment door off its hinges, authorities said.
Barry B. Tate, 41, of Bayonne, was charged with criminal mischief, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Tate was taken into custody at around 7:38 p.m. from the area of 26th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Officers responded on a report of a possible burglary where the victim had deployed pepper spray on the actor.
As officers arrived, they were met by the 36-year-old male victim. He said that while inside his apartment, a resident from the upper floor, identified as Tate, aggressively banged on his apartment door shouting for the victim to stop burning his food.
After the victim advised Tate that he had not been cooking anything, Tate returned to his apartment. A short time later, Tate returned with the same complaint and ripped the victim’s door off of the hinge.
The victim then deployed a burst of pepper spray in self defense, causing Tate to retreat back to his own apartment where officers located him as he was attempting to unlock the door.
The on-scene investigation confirmed that Tate had damaged the door and he was placed into custody for criminal mischief, officials said.