Man Arrested for Assaulting Hillside Cop

A Union County resident has been arrested for pointing a firearm at an on-duty Hillside Police Officer while he was in a marked police vehicle in late April of 2020.

Police say, Mr. Kevin M. Vincent, 22, is charged with a third-degree aggravated assault and a fourth-degree weapons offense.

The aggravated assault took place in the afternoon on Tuesday, April 21st on Leo Street in Hillside.

While recording a music video at a Leo Street residence, Vincent pointed out what appeared to be a black firearm at a Hillside Police Officer while he was in a marked police vehicle. At the time, the officer was unaware that Vincent had aimed the firearm at him.

Vincent then posted the music video to Instagram where it was viewed and reported to the Hillside Police Department.

An investigation by the Hillside Police Department resulted in Vincent being identified as the suspect in the case, and department investigators executed a search warrant.

Vincent was subsequently apprehended this morning, May 14th, at approximately 9:00 am in Union Township, NJ. He was processed and released on a summons pending a first appearance in Union County Superior Court.

Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi said, "Excellent work by our Criminal Investigative Division and all who contributed to this investigation.

We would not tolerate such conduct on a good day, but to put one of our officers in the sights of any handgun, imitation, or otherwise, while we're trying to do our jobs during a pandemic makes this case exceptionally egregious. I look forward to a successful prosecution."