Police: Guttenberg man charged with assaulting Hoboken Parking Utility worker

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A Guttenberg man was charged with assaulting a Hoboken Parking Utility worker and resisting arrest at the start of the long holiday weekend, police said. 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Francisco Rabelo, 32, of Guttenberg, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Friday around 10:55 p.m., Officers Giovanni Cruzado and Jason Montalvo were dispatched to the area of 1st and Bloomfield Streets on a report of an assault against a Parking Utility Employee, authorities said.

They arrived to find Rabelo following the defendant. Montalvo ordered the defendant to stop and he complied. The victim stated he was speaking with Rabelo when he became irate and knocked the victim’s cellular phone to the ground, damaging it, officials said.

This prompted a call to police. As the officers then began to speak with the defendant, he became aggressive towards them by screaming at them, police said.

The man then struck Montalvo’s arm as the officer attempted to distance himself from Rabelo as he was still screaming. A struggle ensued and he began to resist the officers attempting to place him under arrest, authorities said.

Rabelo was eventually subdued and transported to headquarters for processing. Due to his erratic behavior, he was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment and evaluation, officials said.

A warrant complaint was generated and he was transported to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center after being treated at the hospital, police said.