2 charged with aggravated assault on Randolph Twp. cop

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two Randolph Township residents are facing multiple charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, according to Randolph Township Detective Lieutenant Christopher Giuliani said.

William Hawkins, 51, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction, calling 9-1-1 without needing 9-1-1 services and possession of marijuana.

Arlene De Taranto, 72, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction, hindering apprehension and possession of marijuana.

Det. Kurt Edelman was on patrol in the area of Rickland Drive on Monday when he observed Hawkins, who was wanted for a felony warrant from another jurisdiction, Giuliani said.

Edelman, who was in full uniform approached Hawkins and after a brief conversation, he began to run towards his house. The officer caught up to Hawkins at his front door, at which time Hawkins allegedly turned and began fighting with him. Edelman initially was able to control Hawkins, however, De Taranto opened the door and she allegedly slammed it into the officer, Giuliani said.

De Taranto then assisted Hawkins escape the grip of Edelman and then both fled into the house and locked the door. Additional Randolph Police officers responded to the residence, Giuliani said.

Contact was made with De Taranto, who was initially uncooperative and eventually, officers were able to make entry into the residence. De Taranto was then placed under arrest, Giuliani said.

It was determined that Hawkins had fled out the back of the residence prior to the arrival of the additional officers. Randolph Police, Morris County Sheriff’s office K-9, Morris County Park Police, Denville Police and Morris County OEM began to search for Hawkins in the woods and trail systems in the area, Giuliani said.

Hawkins was eventually located at a residence in Randolph Township, where he was taken into custody, Giuliani said.

Edelman sustained injuries to his arm, which required medical treatment .

De Taranto was released pending a court appearance.

Hawkins was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

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