Paterson NJ Man Accused of Assaulting Bus Driver in Lodi, New Jersey
Lodi Aggravated Assault Charges – Need Lawyer
Lodi NJ police arrested a Paterson man accused of committing a violent assault against an NJ Transit bus driver.
According to officials, the bus driver observed the suspect being disruptive on the bus. Additionally, the suspect was allegedly verbally abusing the driver and other passengers.
When the bus driver instructed the suspect to get off the bus, the suspect allegedly responded by attacking the driver.
Afterwards, the suspect reportedly exited the bus and tried to flee the area on foot.
The driver contacted the Lodi Police Department, which dispatched officers to the scene. Lodi police then canvassed the area in search of the suspect and eventually located him hiding in the backyard of a residence on North Savoie Street in Lodi, NJ.
The suspect, a 28-year-old man from Paterson New Jersey, was placed under arrest without further incident. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a bus driver.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the very serious assault charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who commits an assault against an operator of a motorbus can be charged with a second degree felony and is subject to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
In addition, because aggravated assault is a violent felony offense under the No Early Release Act, the defendant must serve 85% of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
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For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Paterson Man Assaulted NJ Transit Bus Driver, Police Say.”