Police: Man charged with hitting 6 people with a crutch in Hoboken, yelled at cops to shoot him


A man was charged with six counts of assault in Hoboken for hitting people with a crutch, yelling at police to shoot him when he was confronted, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Leonardo Clanton, 37, of New York, New York, was charged with six counts of aggravated assault, one count of resisting arrest, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, one count of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and resisting arrest, according to Police Det. Sgt. Jonathan Mecka.

On Thursday December 9th, at approximately 10:45 a.m. the Hoboken Police Department responded to the area of 11th and Jefferson Street on the report of a man striking people with a crutch.

As officers responded dispatch received additional calls advising the department that the male had stuck multiple people with the crutch.

Officers Wilfredo Gomez and Roberto Cuevas arrived first on scene and attempted to stop the individual however he refused to comply with their orders. At this time, Sgt. Joe Lucignano and Officer Dylan Archilla arrived on scene.

The man, who was eventually identified as Clanton, continued to take batting stances with the crutch while yelling at the officers to shoot him.

The officers were able to safely arrest Clanton without incident. During the on-scene investigation officers determined that he assaulted a total of six people one of which he knew.

Some of the victims were transported to a local hospital for their injuries while others refused medical attention, police said.

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