Hoboken Police Arrest Drunken Fairview Man for Public Urination and Terroristic Threats After He Threatens to Kill a Police Officer
By Travis Tormey posted in Assault and Threat Crimes on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Police were on patrol near Newark and River Streets in Hoboken when bouncers from a bar pointed out a drunken man urinating between parked cars. The officers ordered the man, 25-year-old Alex Tamayo-Segura, to pull up his pants. However, Mr. Tamayo-Segura did not follow the officers’ instructions; instead, he repeatedly pulled his pants up and down.
When one of the officers began writing a ticket for urinating in public, both officers noticed that Mr. Tamayo-Segura was slurring his words and appeared drunk.
Officers called an ambulance to the scene to treat Mr. Tamayo-Segura. When the ambulance arrived, Mr. Tamayo-Segura began violently flailing his arms, raising concerns about the EMT workers’ safety. The officers told Mr. Tamayo-Segura that if he continued to flail his arms, he would be arrested. At that point, Mr. Tamayo-Segura turned to one of the officers and said, “I will kill you.”
Later, at the Hoboken University Medical Center, Mr. Tamayo-Segura was treated for intoxication. According to reports, Mr. Tamayo-Segura had to be strapped down with restraints after he became aggressive toward hospital staff.
In New Jersey, a person can be charged with terroristic threats in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3. The statute codifies terroristic threats as a third degree crime if a person threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize someone else or if a person threatens to kill someone else. However, because intent is a crucial element of the charge, Mr. Tamayo-Segura may be able to argue that his statement that he would “kill” the officer was not meant to be taken seriously. If convicted of third degree terroristic threats, Mr. Tamayo-Segura could face a sentence of three (3) to five (5) years in state prison.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Drunken Fairview Man Stopped for Urinating in Public Threatens to Kill Hoboken Cop.“