A Jersey City man was arrested in Bayonne after using a bicycle seat as a weapon in a street fight, swinging the object over a police officer’s head before the street scrap was broken up, officials said.
Ahmed Abdelrehim, 25, of Jersey City, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.
Abdelrehim was taken into custody around 5:07 p.m. yesterday from the area of 25th Street and Avenue C. An officer on patrol in the area of 26th Street and Avenue C observed Abdelrehim leave his bicycle in the middle of the sidewalk and walk away with the bike seat in his hand, officials said.
Finding this peculiar, the officer asked him why he abandoned his bike in the middle of the sidewalk after removing the seat. During speaking, the officer learned that Abdelrehim was going to use the bike seat to use during a physical confrontation, authorities said.
The officer ordered Abdelrehim to take possession of the bike and leave the area to avoid a confrontation with the individual. Abdelrehim complied and rode away, only to be observed a short while later on 26th Street with the bike seat in his hand and yelling at an individual down the block, police said.
As the officer approached Abdelrehim, he observed another male shouting back at him as he approached him. The officer attempted to separate both individuals, each man took a fighting stance with Abdelrehim utilizing the bike seat to keep the other male away, officials said.
According to authorities, the officer ordered Abdelrehim to drop the bike seat but he did not comply and proceeded to swing the post of the bike seat over his head as he advanced toward the officer.
After several orders to drop the bike seat, Abdelrehim complied and was placed under arrest. The confrontation between the two males stemmed from an earlier altercation at a friend’s home, police said.