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Four Suspects Arrested for Attacking Newark South Ward Officers


Newark Police officials are reporting the arrests of Mr. Rashon Vines, 32, Mr. Darnee Thomas, 33, and Mr. Isaiah Diggs, 22, in connection with obstructing the administration of the law during the arrest of Mr. Alhassane Barry, 24, on Friday. 

According to police, at approximately 12:15 a.m., a police officer was placing Barry into his patrol car after he was arrested in the 400 block of Elizabeth Avenue on charges of kidnapping, robbery, and weapons offenses based on a citizen’s complaint.

Officials said the police officer was grabbed by Vines, who attempted to interfere with the arrest.

Vines was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of the administration of the law, and resisting arrest.

  Police say Thomas and Diggs also attempted to intervene by preventing the arrest of Barry and Vines, but both men fled the scene before they could be apprehended.

Police later identified Thomas and Diggs, and both have been arrested.

Police say both men faces charges of obstruction of the administration of the law and inciting a riot.

Thomas is further charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

These charges are merely accusations.

Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.