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Woman Allegedly Assaults North Wildwood Cops

South Jersey Criminal AttorneysNorth Wildwood NJ police recently arrested a woman who allegedly attacked two cops and a firefighter while resisting arrest.

The incident occurred a short time before 9:00 p.m. The North Wildwood Police Department received a call about a disturbance on the 100 block of East Second Avenue in North Wildwood, New Jersey. Cops were dispatched to the scene, where they found the suspect and approached her.

That’s when the suspect allegedly got out of control and assaulted the police officers. According to authorities, the suspect began to kick both of the officers in the legs and groin. She also allegedly tried to bite one of the cops on the hand.

When a North Wildwood firefighter arrived at the scene to offer assistance, the suspect allegedly bit him as well.
The North Wildwood NJ cops eventually managed to subdue the suspect and put her in handcuffs. She was then taken to North Wildwood police headquarters for processing.

The suspect is a 43-year-old woman who lives in the Villas part of Lower Township, New Jersey. He has been charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault on a firefighter, and resisting arrest. She also faces criminal charges for throwing bodily fluid on the law enforcement officers because she allegedly tried to spit on them while being placed under arrest.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the most serious criminal charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, she would be subject to severe penalties. Under normal circumstances, a simple assault that does not result in serious injuries is typically classified as a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). However, when that assault is committed against a law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties, the offender can be charged with a felony-level offense.

While the charges against the suspect remain pending, she will either have to post $15,000 cash bail or stay in custody at the Cape May County Jail in Cape May, NJ.

For more information about this case, read the Press of Atlantic City article, “North Wildwood Officers Bitten, Kicked During Arrest.”


If you have been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, or any other type of violent crime in Atlantic County or Cape May County, you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense lawyer immediately. The experienced, aggressive AC criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty will help you fight your criminal charges and avoid the most severe penalties. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.

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