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NJ man charged with assaulting Readington Twp. police officer

READINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Somerset County man is facing several charges including assaulting a police officer in Readington Township Monday afternoon.

Richaed Destefano, 44, of Manville was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct, defiant trespass, and criminal mischief.

On Oct. 21, at 2:25 p.m. township officers responded to a residence on Oldwick Road after a suspicious man was seen by a resident kneeling in their driveway, police said.

The man, who was later identified Destefano, allegedly began to scream profanities and charge at the resident, police said.

Destefano allegedly damaged a mirror on the resident’s vehicle and then walked to the intersection of Central Avenue and Oldwick Road, where he began to disrobe, police said.

Officers arrived on scene and Destefano was still screaming profanities, and was combative and aggressive, police said.

Destefano allegedly struck an officer in the face and continued to fight while being placed under arrest and during administrative processing, police said.

Destefano was transported to an area hospital for treatment, and custody was transferred to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department, police said.

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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