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Man accused of punching officer in face in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A 23-year-old man was arrested after punching a Newton officer in the face Thursday afternoon.

On March 3, at 2:53pm, Newton Police Special Officer Raul Couce was on a crossing guard assignment at the corner of Spring Street, Halsted Street, and Sparta Avenue when Louis B. Selimi of Andover approached the officer and punched him in the face, police said.

Selimi then took a fighting stance as if he wanted to continue fighting with officer Couce, who was uninjured. As officer Couce prepared to defend himself, Selimi ran from the area, only to be taken into custody a short distance away by officer Couce, police said.

Selimi was charged with third-degree aggravated assault, fourth-degree eluding, obstruction, interference with transportation, and disorderly conduct.

Selimi was then lodged in the Morris County Jail per the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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