Man Charged for Allegedly Assaulting Bergenfield Police Officer During Investigation
In an interesting turn of events, Bergenfield police arrested a man from Englewood on charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction, and resisting arrest, while in the course of investigating another assault crime with a different alleged assailant.
According to officials from the Bergenfield Police Department, Officer Nicolas Deleon was investigating an alleged assault at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday May 25th in the vicinity of South Washington Avenue when he was approached by 37-year-old Englewood resident Geraldo Reyes-Penaloza. Per reports, police began searching for the alleged attacker while Officer Deleon was tending to the alleged victim, when Reyes-Penaloza became belligerent and aggressive towards him. Police say Reyes-Penaloza resisted his arrest for obstruction before assaulting Officer Deleon.
During this time, the alleged victim of the original assault left the scene, leaving police without any information regarding the alleged assailant. The details of the first assault are still unknown and police have said that an arrest in this case is unlikely. However, Reyes-Penaloza is now facing charges for obstruction, aggravated assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest in connection with the alleged incident with Officer Deleon.
Aggravated assault offenses, which are governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, are indictable felonies in New Jersey. These charges can be classified as second, third, or fourth degree crimes, depending on the circumstances of the specific case and the extent to which the alleged victim sustains injuries. Penalties for these crimes vary based on the degree of the charges, with sentences ranging from 18 months to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Nevertheless, Reyes-Penaloza could be facing a term of imprisonment regardless of the degree of the charges against him if he is ultimately found guilty.
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