NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton police officer was assaulted when he was serving a warrant earlier this month, Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn said.
On October 6 at 12:32 a.m., Newton Police officers responded to 33 Mill Street in an attempt to locate Douglas Hill, 22, of Newton, who had an active Warren County Prosecutor’s Office warrant. He also had a Newton Municipal Court warrant, Osborn said.
As officers were walking in the 6th floor hallway, they observed Hill exiting a nearby apartment. Hill was advised that there was an active warrant for his arrest and he immediately became defiant and argumentative, Osborn said.
Hill was accompanied by Briana Katzenstein, 27, of Newton who appeared to be intoxicated, Osborn said.
Despite officers informing Hill of the valid warrant, he allegedly ignored their requests and attempted to re-enter the referenced apartment. As Officer Anthony Keiling attempted to take Hill into custody and place him in handcuffs, he became aggressive and physically attempted to resist the officer’s efforts, Osborn said.
While Keiling and Officer Jared Zappa brought Hill to the ground to handcuff him, Katzenstein allegedly kicked Keiling in the face, Osborn said.
Hill was then handcuffed and Katzenstein was advised she was under arrest for aggravated assault. Katzenstein also actively attempted to resist arrest but was handcuffed. She also attempted to kick another officer while she was being placed in the rear of the patrol vehicle, Osborn said.
Officer Keiling sustained a minor injury to his left hand but refused medical treatment, Osborn said.
Hill was charged with obstruction the administration of law and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail for the NCIC warrant out of Warren County.
Katzenstein was charged with third-degree aggravated assault and resisting arrest. She was released pending a court appearance.