Police officials in Newark announced the arrest of a 31-year-old Newark woman for an aggravated assault stabbing of two Newark Police Officers on July 4, 2019.
Police say at approximately 1:20 a.m., officers of the 1st Precinct responded to a Central Ward residence on a call of an emotionally disturbed person who reportedly had been acting violently and irrational.
Upon arrival, the officers located the woman, who repeatedly yelled obscenities and threats towards the officers.
According to police, the officers called for EMS, but the woman attempted to leave the area before EMS arrived.
When one of the officers stood in front of her to prevent her from leaving, she stabbed him with a knife in the left forearm.
The second officer was also stabbed in the right leg. The woman was immediately arrested without further incident.
“I commend both officers for exercising calm, respect and professionalism in the handling of this incident,” Director Ambrose said. “Their exemplary demeanor is documented via their body worn cameras and clearly reflects the core values of the Newark Police Division, serving as a credit to the entire agency,” he added.
The woman faces charges of two counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
She was transported to University Hospital for crisis evaluation. Both officers were also transported to University Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The incident was captured on the officers’ body worn cameras as shown in the links below.
These charges are merely accusations. The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.