Lodi Police Arrest Man Accused of Wielding Swords, Charge Him with Aggravated Assault
According to law enforcement, the 22-year-old suspect got into a verbal dispute with family members at a home located in Lodi, New Jersey. When the verbal argument escalated and became physical, the suspect reportedly grabbed a couple of 24-inch swords.
Witnesses later spoke with police and told them that the suspect got angry, picked up the words, and began to wildly swing them at other people in the house.
The suspect’s family members were able to take away the swords and restrain him.
Someone at the scene alerted the Lodi Police Department, which dispatched officers to the residence. When police arrived at the home, they took the suspect into custody.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of aggravated assault, he could be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault with deadly weapon, like a sword, knife or gun, is a third degree felony. Anyone convicted of third degree aggravated assault could face a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest, the suspect posted $20,000 bail and secured his release from police custody. He will need to appear in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack New Jersey to address the criminal charges.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man Subdued After Waving 2 Swords, Police Say.”