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Jersey City cop charged with assault

Jersey City residents Kelly Nunfio, Age 24, and Jersey City Police Officer Erik Castro, age 24, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Aug. 19 at 2:56 a.m.

At 2:56 a.m. Sgt. Saverio Binetti called in a fight near First and River streets. Officers arrived and saw a group of about 40 people in the street and sidewalk as well as an unconscious man on the ground bleeding from a cut under his eye.

He was being tended to be bystanders, along with Officer Cynthia Rivera.

As the officers tried to disperse the crowd they received information on who caused the victim’s injury.

They saw Castro, a Jersey City Police Officer, standing outside of 41 First St.

According to a press release from the department, he allegedly told the officers that he had struck the victim.

As the officers spoke with several witnesses, they said that both Castro and Nunfio allegedly struck the victim several times, rendering him unconscious.

Castro and Nunfio were placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.

According to the press release, “The victim suffered serious head trauma from the assault.” He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center Trauma Unit, where he remained under observation.

Castro was released on a summons and Nunfio was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

Allegedly driving with cocaine

Little Ferry resident Sameer Singh, age 28, was arrested on Aug. 19 at 2:12 a.m. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While Officer Harold Milne was on patrol near First and Bloomfield streets, he saw an improperly parked red Audi. Several pedestrians said the vehicle had been involved in an accident with a Honda Civic, which was also on the scene. The driver of the Honda was trying to park when the Audi allegedly struck it from behind.

Milne saw two men inside the Audi and when he spoke with the driver, Singh, he was allegedly intoxicated with slurred speech and watery eyes.

Milne smelled alcohol allegedly coming from Singh, and during his conversation with him he saw a white powdery substance allegedly on the base of his nose.

He also saw a small Ziploc bag containing suspected cocaine allegedly on the seat.

A field sobriety test was conducted which Singh allegedly failed to complete. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. A breath sample was taken and he was allegedly above the legal limit.

He received summonses and released to a responsible party.

Hoboken resident charged with aggravated assault

Hoboken resident Randell Richardson, 41 was arrested on Aug. 16 at 9:45 p.m. He was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of ecstasy, and bail jumping.

Officers were looking for a man wanted in connection to a stabbing that took place in the area of 300 Marshall Dr.

A police press release said that while inside the victim’s apartment, Richardson and the victim allegedly began to argue. Richardson allegedly pushed the victim to the ground, grabbed a metal pipe, and struck her in the back.

He then allegedly picked up a knife during the struggle and cut her on the finger, causing a small laceration before allegedly fleeing the scene.

The victim provided the officers with a description of the man, who was later found at his Hoboken residence.

When police searched him they found him to allegedly be in possession of ecstasy.

He was transported to headquarters where he was processed and later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center. The victim was treated by members of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp for the small laceration.

Officer allegedly assaulted breaking up fight

Bayonne resident David Fetchko, age 23, was arrested on Aug. 19 at 3 a.m. He was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Officers Matthew Rossi and John Herman responded to a call of a fight near 84 Washington St. When they arrived, Sgt. Donald Rosso was on the ground struggling to place David Fetchko under arrest. They saw a man on the ground a short distance away, unconscious and bleeding from the back of his head.

According to a police press release, Rosso had seen a large fight taking place and left his vehicle to break it up. Fetchko allegedly refused to comply and allegedly continued to punch the victim in the head.

Fetchko was transported to headquarters for processing and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

The victim sustained “serious head injuries” according to a press release and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center. Rosso was also evaluated by medical personnel for injuries to his knees and was not able to complete his shift.

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