A man was taken to the ground by police after resisting arrest over an incident where he stole a pack of cigarettes from a Bayonne convenience store after stabbing the store clerk with a pair of scissors, police said.
Patrick Marriner, 32, of North Bergen, was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.
Marriner was taken into custody at 6:55 a.m. this morning from Broadway Bagels, located at 581 Broadway. On Monday at 9:17 p.m., a 32-year-old female employee of the Fiji Convenience Store, located at 732 Avenue E, reported a robbery.
The victim stated that a male, later identified as Marriner, entered the store and requested a pack of cigarettes. Marriner refused to pay for the cigarettes and the victim advised Marriner that he would have to pay in order to receive the cigarettes.
Upset by this, Marriner reached behind the counter, retrieved a pair of scissors, and proceeded to strike the victim in the area of her left armpit, causing a small laceration to the area, authorities said.
In fear for her safety, the victim deployed a blast of a personally owned pepper spray at
Marriner. He then fled the store with the victim giving chase. Once outside of the store, Marriner continued to flee south on Avenue E and the victim stayed behind, locking herself inside the store until police arrived.
As officers watched surveillance video of the incident, they immediately identified the actor as Marriner and all units began a search for him, though he was not able to be found immediately.
Then at 6:55 a.m. this morning, while an officer was in the area of Broadway Bagels, he observed Marriner inside the shop. The officer immediately stepped inside to take him into custody as other officers arrived on scene, officials said.
While attempting to arrest Marriner, they observed the scissors used in the robbery from the night prior in his hands. Marriner refused the officers’ commands to drop the scissors and keep his hands visible, police said.
He then resisted arrest by taking a fighting stance towards an officer after being advised he was under arrest. For the safety of the patrons in the store, the officers involved, and of Marriner, he was taken down to the ground by an officer and placed into handcuffs without any further incident, authorities said.
No further injuries were reported during the arrest.
Back in January, Marriner was arrested for dousing a Bayonne building in lighter fluid and was described as being combative with officers during the arrest.