Police: Woman fights with Hoboken cops, spits in EMT’s face after being arrested


A woman who was arrested after punching someone in Hoboken continued to be combative after the fact, fighting with police officers and spitting in an EMT’s face, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jannah Asante, 22, of East Orange, was charged with two counts of third degree aggravated assault on police officer, two counts of fourth degree aggravated assault on police officer, aggravated assault on an EMT, resisting arrest, and simple assault, according to Police Det. Sgt. Joseph Leonard.

At 2:49 a.m. on Sunday, Sgt. Richard Torres, along with Officer’s Roary Miller, Christopher Barral, as well as Special Officers Matthew Rossi and Jonathan Rodriguez were sent to the area of 76 River St. for a female that allegedly assaulted and spit at several people.

Rossi and Rodriguez were responding to the area when they saw the woman near 44 Newark St. punch a pedestrian. Torres, Rossi and Rodriguez placed her under arrest and she began to resist, police said.

After a brief struggle, they were able to safely handcuff her. As they were placing her in the police car, the arrestee kicked Rossi in the chest. Then at headquarters she became combative and as a result was placed in a cell, officials said.

As the officers were about to leave the cell, she charged at them and grabbed Torres’ neck. They again had to restrain her and as a result, Torres sustained a minor injury. Due to her erratic behavior, medical personnel were summoned, authorities said.

While waiting, Asante again became combative with Miller and Barral. While trying to secure her, she was kicking her legs and trying to strike Miller’s hands as he attempted to secure her. Barral sustained a minor injury during this incident.

While being transported to the hospital, Asante spit in the face of an EMT. Once released from the hospital, she was processed on all the charges and released with a court date, police said.

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