Police Blotter: Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer

The following information was provided by the Belleville Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Feb. 17

Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer

Three men were arrested for disorderly conduct, including one for allegedly swinging at and missing a Belleville police officer outside of Seared Steakhouse and Lounge, located at 250 Mill St., at 1:26 a.m.

Police broke up a fight and ordered a group to leave when 23-year-old Mario F. Wright of Orange began screaming, “Let my boy go.” When asked to step back, Wright allegedly took a swing at the officer. Despite being sprayed with mace, the man still resisted arrest.

Also arrested for disorderly conduct were Vincent L. Bazemore, 22, of East Orange, and Mikal D. Francis, 28, of Newark.

Feb. 16

Possession of CDS

After seeing a black Honda Accord fail to come to a full stop at Clara Maass Drive, police conducted a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Belmont and Newark Avenues and made two arrests.

In addition to issuing the driver several motor vehicle summonses, front-seat passenger Jose Mendoza, 18, of East Orange was seen trying to conceal a plastic ziploc bag filled with marijuana with his right foot. Police observed a strong smell of marijuana while approaching the car.

When the passengers were asked to exit the vehicle, police found another ziploc bag of marijuana. Mendoza was arrested for possession of CDS. A rear passenger identified as Jonathan G. Nisbett, 18, of Newark, was arrested after an identification check showed the suspect had a $133 outstanding warrant from Newark. He was held.

Feb. 14

Burglary and Theft

At 9:20 a.m., an employee at Best of Breed Pet Grooming, located at 328 Washington Ave., reported the business' back door unlocked and $520 gone from the cash register. In addition, a blue lunch box next to the register was missing another $1,700. The incident may have occurred anytime between Feb. 11 and the time it was reported.

Feb. 13


Two Newark women were arrested at the Pathmark, located at 115 Belmont Ave., for trying to steal $298 in goods they concealed in their handbags.

Alexandria Otero, 22, and Jennifer M. Ortiz, 22, were both held on $200 bail. Ortiz was also detained for having a $500 outstanding warrant from Newark.

Feb. 12


A Bloomfield woman being treated at Clara Maass Medical Center was arrested after her nurse noticed three small glass pipes with burned markings on the end.

Stephanie L. Sandora, 46, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Emmanuel S. Opoku, 23, turned himself in at Belleville police headquarters at 7 p.m. regarding an outstanding warrant from Montclair.

Feb. 11

Disorderly Conduct

A Newark man and a Bloomfield woman were arrested after a disturbance in front of the Speakeasy Bar & Grill, located at 538 Union Ave., at 1:48 a.m.

Nathan Nieves, 21, tried to run past police to get to an altercation after officers asked an agitated group 4-5 times to calm down and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

His girlfriend, Jasmine Rivera, 20, attempted to push past police when Nieves was arrested. She was charged with underage drinking.


Security at the Kmart located at 371 Main St. detained Brian Moore, 24, of Belleville, after noticing he attempted to leave the store with $184 in merchandise. An identification check showed Moore


After observing him peering into vehicles at the intersection of Watching Avenue and Cross Street, police did an identification check and arrested Angel Rivera, 49, of Newark, for having an outstanding no-bail warrant from the Essex County Sheriff's Department.


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