Family Ties Don't Usually Land Mom In Cuffs
Police say a very protective mom got a bit out of hand when her daughter was arrested.
Usually, libraries like to see families get involved in their activities. But the Montclair Public Library probably would have taken a pass on the family fun last Tuesday.
Police in Montclair said they arrested three juveniles who were becoming disruptive. But things got really out of hand, police say, when one of the teens' mothers showed up on the scene, none too happy her child was about to be taken away in handcuffs.
A few key lines from Montclair Patch's report on the incident: [The mother allegedly] became enraged and leapt toward one of the officers, attempting to push him out of the way. She wedged herself between the officer and her daughter, putting her daughter in a bear hug and preventing officers from handcuffing the juvenile [according to police. The mother then allegedly] shouted, spit, and elbowed two of the officers.
Officers say that even after the mother was arrested, she tried to escape one officer's grip, then lunged at and spit on a cop.
That's one mom who might be accused of several things (by police, in particular), but failing to care for her kid isn't one of them.
Each Monday, Patch takes a peek at some of the more surprising, shocking, stunning and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs." Some of the other reports:
Run, Milton, Run: Here's today's lesson of the day: You don't mess with Fair Lawn's Milton Amoroso. Police say Amoroso came home to find a burglar on the second floor of his home. Not only did he chase the burglar out, authorities say, Amoroso ran him down, caught him a block away, and detained him until officers arrived. If you owe Mliton any money, ever cut him off on the highway or otherwise wound up on his bad side, we suggest you settle things now. Because Mliton is not to be trifled with.
A Little Facetime: Garwood police say a recent traffic stop got a little out of hand. While they were arresting a 17-year-old for allegedly driving drunk (police say her blood-alcohol level tested at a pretty serious .15 percent), the driver allegedly became abusive, ripping wallpaper off the wall, and punching another occupant of the car in the face. You know what they say: Friends don't let friends drive drunk. Or punch each other in the face.
Her Night Had Gone Down the Toilet Anyway: Maybe she already felt like she was in a mess of trouble, but Jefferson Township police say a woman they arrested after she allegedly caused a disturbance made things worse once she was put in a cell. Police say she tried to flood the cell by jamming toilet paper down its toilet bowl, and flushing over and over again. No word on whether she's retained a lawyer—or a plumber.
It's a Rare Sort of Crime, And Not Very Well Done: Garwood police say a 42-year-old man may have had good taste in food, but poor skills avoiding identification. He was captured on video surveillance concealing six large fillet mignons in a shopping cart under a bag of dog food, and exiting a grocery store without paying for the items, which totaled $607. He eventually turned himself in accompanied by his attorney. Here's hoping justice is served, even if the filet mignon isn't.
He Sparked The Cops' Interest: If an East Windsor man stopped by authorities gets any points, they won't be for subtlety. They'll be the kind that go on a license. Police say they arrested a man on several charges after seeing him driving with flat tires, and with his car emitting sparks. Officers say the man smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, and gave cops a fake Mexican driver's license with a false name. In addition, police say, he had several open beer bottles in his vehicle. About the only thing he didn't allegedly do wrong was run over the police chief's dog. As far as we know.
Smile for the Camera: We'd imagine most people aren't very happy about being arrested. But in the mugshots provided by the Essex County Sheriff's Department, a couple accused of robbing a defunct hospital building of metals looks downright giddy. Trust us: You've got to see the pictures to believe them.