Man Grabs Newark Police Officer’s Gun, Tased In Butt

Newark – On February 18, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. Newark Police responded to 300 McIntire Drive, Valassis, after a temporary employee refused to leave the building, according to Newark Police Spokesman Lieutenant Fred Nelson.



Nelson said that the reporting person, a supervisor, advised that there was a personnel issue involving Ali S. Monassar and he asked Monassar to leave the building.

Monassar refused to leave and the supervisor contacted the police for assistance, said Nelson. Corporal Robert Vernon and Corporal Michael Gruszecki attempted to get Monassar to leave the facility, however, he continued to refuse their orders and became confrontational, according to Nelson.

Nelson said that officers attempted to arrest Monassar, however, he actively resisted being handcuffed.  During the arrest, Monassar attempted to remove an officer’s police baton from his belt and his handgun from the holster, according to Nelson.

Monassar also bit Cpl. Gruszecki on his arm causing bruising to his tricep, said Nelson.  Eventually one of the officers used his department issued taser and tased Monassar in the buttocks.

Officers were then able to gain control of Monassar and handcuff him.  Monassar was taken to Newark Urgent Care for medical treatment and released.

Monassar was transported to the Newark Police Department where he was charged in front of JP 11 by videophone and given $7,540 secured bond.  He was later released after posting bond.


Removing or Attempting to Remove Firearm/Deadly Weapon from Possession of Law Enforcement Officer (2 counts)
Assault 2nd, injure a Law Enforcement Officer
Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence
Disorderly Conduct by Fighting or Violent Tumultuous Behavior

Image Credits: Newark Police

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