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