Police: Unruly man arrested in Hoboken after threatening to kill cops with fork


An unruly New York man was arrested in Hoboken after threatening to kill cops with a fork, continuing his violent behavior as he was being placed in a cop car and later processed at police headquarters, authorities said. 

Hoboken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Christopher Spillane, 28, of New York, New York, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Officers Frank Lombardo and Harold Milne responded to 1 Republik, located at 221 Washington St., on a report of a fight and someone with a knife, officials said.

They arrived to find several other officers at 301 Washington St. with a male who fit the description given. Another officer was with the man who was being placed under arrest, police said.

Due to a pre-existing injury that necessitate wearing a metal brace, the defendant was handcuffed in front to prevent further injury to his arm. Spillane, along with a relative, left 1 Republik in an agitated state and began to strike the glass with what appeared to be a knife, threatening to kill them, authorities said.

After several unsuccessful attempts to damage the glass, he fled the scene later to be found by the officers and placed under arrest. It was later determined that the metal object was a fork, not a knife, officials said.

The defendant discarded it prior to the arrest and found by an officer. While with Spillane, the officers struggled to place him inside the police cruiser. He began to fight them and at one point attempted to bite an officer, though he failed to do so, police said.

He also attempted to strike the officers using the metal brace on his arm. They were finally able to control him, place him in the police vehicle and transport him to headquarters for processing, authorities said.

The defendant’s sister, Karly Spillane, was the relative. She was stopped for investigation to determine her role in the incident. She was allegedly very uncooperative and in an agitated state.

She failed to comply with the officer’s orders and was therefore charged with disorderly conduct. She was arrested and given a summons to appear in court, officials said.

At headquarters, the defendant’s behavior continued. He continuously dropped to the floor and at one point, swung his arm and struck an in the eye causing a laceration. While on the ground, he kicked another officer in the face causing a contusion, police said.

He was placed in restraints in order to maintain control and both struck officers were medically cleared and did not sustain serious injuries, so they remained on duty, authorities said.

The defendant was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment. Prior to the transportation, the defendant threatened to return at a later time and shoot Sgt. Nicholas Burke. For this reason, the additional charge of making terroristic threats was added, officials said.

A warrant complaint was completed and the defendant will be remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility once cleared for incarceration, police said.

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