Police: Two Newark Officers Injured During Arrest At Library

Newark Police have obtained warrants for the arrested of man that fought injured an officer Monday evening, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin.

Rubin said on March 9, 2020, at about 6:45, Newark Police were called to the Newark Free Library at 750 Library Avenue in reference to a disorderly male refusing to leave the premises.

The man was reportedly making library patrons feel uncomfortable by following and taking pictures of them as they walked around the library. Arriving officers contacted the man identified as Nabil Abdallah, 31, of Newark. Abdallah was advised multiple times to leave the premises, however, he refused to do so, according to Rubin.

As officers attempted to take Abdallah into custody, he began to struggle and kick at officers causing injury to officers, said Rubin. Abdallah was eventually taken into custody and was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries he received during the arrest.

Rubin said during the struggle, one officer suffered a laceration for which no medical treatment was required. Another officer suffered an injury to his hand for which he received medical treatment and was released.

Warrants have been issued by the Justice of the Peace Court #11 charging Abdallah with the following offenses:

Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence
Offensive Touching of a Law Enforcement Officer (2 counts)
Harassment (2 counts)
Disorderly Conduct
Criminal Trespass

Rubin said Abdallah will be arrested upon his release from the hospital.