A man was arrested by Washington Township NJ police after allegedly using an aluminum bat to fend off a person who followed him home.
Washington Township police officers responded to a residence in Califon Borough NJ after receiving a report of a physical altercation between two men.
When officers arrived at the scene, one of the men told them that he had indeed followed the other man home, but only because the other man was in a vehicle that had run him off the road and caused property damage. The alleged victim claimed that James Sapio, the boyfriend of the vehicle’s driver, then threatened him with a baseball bat.
Sapio confirmed part of the story, allegedly telling police that he used a bat to smash the rear window of the other man’s vehicle. Police said that Sapio then waved the bat at the man until he left the property.
Police arrested Sapio and charged him with criminal mischief and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
In New Jersey, criminal mischief is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3. As set forth by the statute, criminal mischief can potentially be classified as a third degree felony. This means that Sapio could be facing as many as five years in NJ State Prison if he is convicted of criminal mischief.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Police Arrest Califon Man Who Used Aluminum Bat to Threaten Person That Followed Him Home.“
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