A complex showdown

Two Jersey residents allegedly assaulted a cop assigned to Xfinity Live! Sunday evening.

By Amanda L. Snyder
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 7 | Posted Nov. 15, 2012

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A duo allegedly attempted to sneak through barricades to access the sports complex’s entertainment facility, but then hit the officer who got in the way.

A group tried to enter PBR Bar & Grill, 1100 Pattison Ave., by pushing barricades aside instead of going through the main entrance at 6:21 p.m. Sunday, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When an officer approached the group and told them they were not permitted to enter that way and moved the barricade back, Joseph Natasi, 23, of Sickleville, N.J., is believed to have started screaming in the officer’s face.

The officer asked him to back up, but he is believed to have kept screaming and pushed the officer, who then pushed Natasi away from him, Tolliver said. Natasi supposedly swung his a fist, missing the cop twice but striking his face on the third try. The officer pulled out his Taser and ordered Natasi to stay back, but when he didn’t listen, the cop discharged it, striking the alleged offender in the chest. Natasi fell to the ground, but as the officer was handcuffing him, Nicole Natasi, 30, of Laural Springs, N.J., allegedly kicked and hit the officer. An Xfinity security officer pulled her away, but when Joseph Natasi was taken to a patrol car, she allegedly followed and then was arrested as well.

Police were unaware if the two individuals were related.

Joseph Natasi was treated at Methodist Hospital and released into police custody, Tolliver said.

The officer had soreness on the right side of his face, but did not seek medical treatment, Tolliver said.

Both were charged with criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, aggravated and simple assaults and recklessly endangering another person. Nicole Natasi also was charged with possession of an instrument of crime.

Contact Managing Editor Amanda L. Snyder at or ext. 117.

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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 08:52AM

“You might want to get your facts and details straight before you publish something. You are wrong about everything. If i were you I would stop being a writer because you suck at it.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 09:01AM

“You should get your facts and details right before you go and publish an article that is false. You obviously do not know how to do your job correctly.”

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3. pbnewcomer said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 09:17AM

“why don't you tell us your version of the story, then?

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 01:52PM

“yeah I'd love to hear your side of the story........I'm sure it was all the cops fault!”

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5. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 04:21PM

“I wasn't there so I wouldn't know the other side of the story. I do know certain details that are definately wrong but thats your job to get the correct story :)”

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6. Anonymous said... on Nov 19, 2012 at 02:18PM

“FYI, the writer gets all of the information from these stories from the police reports. If something is inaccurate, its because it was written that way in the initial police report.
Maybe you should check your info before you start writing nasty, spiteful things about someone you don't even know about a situation which you clearly have no understanding of.”

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7. TC said... on Nov 19, 2012 at 04:26PM

“Do you know what History is ? It is "His Story" . the writer only took the police mans Story and print it. That is effed up. That was just another cop in a bad mood that night.”


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