Police: Bayonne man threatens to fight, shoot police after refusing to leave 7-Eleven


A Bayonne man threatened to fight and shoot police after refusing to leave a 7-Eleven, later spitting in an officer’s face while being processed, authorities said.

The 7-Eleven in Bayonne at 39 West 8th St. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Matthew T. Harley, 27, of Bayonne, was charged with aggravated assault (bodily fluids),
terroristic threats, and defiant trespass, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Harley was taken into custody at about 9:20 a.m. yesterday from the area of West 8th Street. Officers in the area of 7-Eleven, located at 39 West 8th St., observed a man, later identified as Harley, in the area and behaving disorderly.

After store management requested the officers to remove Harley from the property, they approached him and asked him to leave.

Harley allegedly refused to comply and immediately became aggressive, clenching his fists and approaching the officers in an aggressive manner, all the while challenging them to a fight and threatening to shoot them.

As additional officers responded, Harley continued his tumultuous behavior and still refused to comply with numerous orders to vacate the property. He was ultimately taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing.

While at headquarters, Harley proceeded to spit in the face of an officer and was additionally charged, police said.

This is at least the second time he was arrested in the Peninsula City in the past five months, getting arrested in November for misrepresenting himself as Clark Kent, Superman’s alter ego, after shooting threats of violence at police.

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