Police arrested a Morristown NJ man after he allegedly attacked a man in front of a police officer.
According to authorities, a Morristown police officer happened to see two men running down Flagler Street when one of the men used a closed fist to strike the other in the face.
The victim later told police that 29-year-old Douglas Lopez-Meza had tried to start a fight with him at a party, prompting the victim to leave the party. The victim said that Mr. Lopez-Meza then followed him down Martin Luther King Avenue and onto Flagler Street, where the assault allegedly took place.
According to the victim, Mr. Lopez-Meza struck him on the face and knocked him to the ground as he was trying to get the police officer’s attention
Police said that Mr. Lopez-Meza appeared to be highly intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
Thus far, Mr. Lopez-Meza has been charged with simple assault.
In New Jersey, simple assault is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. As set forth by the statute, simple assault is a disorderly persons offense. In this case, Mr. Lopez-Meza could be sentenced to six (6) months in the county jail if he is convicted of simple assault.
To learn more about this case, access out the NJ.com article entitled “Report: Drunken Morristown Man Follows Victim, Starts Fight Outside Party.“