FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly bit an officer while being arrested Thursday evening, according to Franklin Borough Police Chief Gregory Michael Cugliari
Jordana M. Cappiello, 26, of Hamburg was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
At around 9:55 p.m., police received a call of an erratic driver near the Irish Cottage Inn, located on State Highway 23, in Franklin Borough. Officers responded to the area and found two people engaged in a verbal dispute, Cugliari said.
As officers intervened in the dispute, Cappiello, who allegedly claimed to have ties to the Latin Kings, became extremely aggressive. She engaged in fighting, threatening, and violent behavior. She continued to shout offensive language and profanity while in the Irish Cottage Inn, Cugliari said.
When officers attempted to arrest Cappiello, she became combative and made efforts to avoid being arrested. During the course of the arrest, she bit Officer Nicholas Della Fera’s shoulder, causing pain and bruising, Cugliari said.
Officer Della Fera was treated for injuries at Newton Medical Center, Cugliari said.
Cappiello was released pending a court appearance.