A Jersey City man was arrested for hitting a victim with a shovel and stealing his backpack, later hitting a Hoboken police car with the gardening tool as authorities attempted to arrest him, officials said.
Varnell Richardson, 31, of Jersey City, was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.
Yesterday around 6:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 2nd and Washington Streets on a report of someone struck in the face with a shovel. As they arrived, they observed Richardson at the scene, police said.
He ran towards the police vehicle and struck it with the shovel he was carrying before fleeing the scene. Officers Luke Zeszotarski and John Quinones were able to apprehend the defendant several blocks away and placed him under arrest, authorities said.
The victim spoke with the officers and said that he was struck with the shovel and as he lay on the ground, Richardson stole his backpack and walked away from the scene, police said.
Zeszotarski suffered a minor wrist injury while attempting to place the defendant under arrest.
The victim refused further medical treatment and the defendant was later transported to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.