Man stabs NJ cop with a pen, faces assault, weapons charges, police say
WALL TOWNSHIP — Police in Monmouth County charged a 28-year-old man with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon after he stabbed an officer with a pen following a motor vehicle stop in which he was also found to be in possession of drugs.
Vincent Russo of Staten Island, N.Y. was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault on an officer, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and drug possession, according to a statement from Wall Township Police.
Police said on Sunday at 1:04 a.m., Russo was pulled over by Patrolman Corey Whitman on the northbound entrance of the Garden State Parkway from Highway 138. During the course of an investigation, police found that Russo was in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana as well as and unspecified amount of Xanax, for which he did not have a prescription, authorities said.
Russo was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. While being processed, police say Russo "became combative" and allegedly attempted to assault Patrolman Christopher Gallagher by stabbing him with a pen.
"Russo was subdued after actively resisting arrest," police said in a statement.
He was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $15,000 with no 10 percent option.
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