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Police: Juvenile Hits Cop, Resists Arrest

The following arrest information was supplied by the Hopatcong police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A juvenile threatened to run from home and struck a police officer, police said.

Officer David Kraus responded to Coolidge Trail for a report of a mother saying her juvenile son was threatening to run away again and that he was on probation at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Kraus' intended to speak with the male about running away, police said. But when he arrived, the juvenile locked Kraus and his mother out of the house before cursing at the officer, police said.

As the mother tried gaining entry to the home via the back door, there was a struggle between her and her son, and Kraus pushed his way into the home, police said. Kraus then tried talking to the juvenile, and when he walked away from him, Kraus grabbed his arm, police said.

Then the juvenile swung his arm backward, striking Kraus before turning toward him in a fighting stance, police said. At that point, Kraus took the juvenile to the ground and handcuffed him with the help of Officer Gerald Mancuso, police said.

The juvenile was then brought to the and later taken to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Facility, police said.

The juvenile was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and obstruction.

For questions on this report, email brendan@patch.com.

Dan-o- July 20, 2012 at 03:32 AM
The patch should stop posting fire and police and money spending its relly none of our bisness. And i feel for the kid cause now every one thinks hes a dirtbag for hitting a cop we all go throught bad times i should no but hopfully this will change him and if u have to live with a relitive or family member that just hates u or wat my be. Jail is looking like a better place in there mind So come on patch leave this storys out they just tend to start wars.
Bill July 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I have two schools of thought on this article, 1. It's sad this young man is an obvious angry, troubled youth, we have a large number of those here in Hopatcong; I don't know why that is. I have my suspicions but keep them to myself. I hope this kid can get a chance and be given the opportunity to get help whether it's psychological, substance abuse, or just plain old direction and structure in his life. 2. I don't honestly believe it would matter if this young man were at home, in DYFS, or in jail, anger, hurt, and depression do not care where you are located, it will find you know matter where you are, case in point in this story. Sadly he will probably end up in juvie or jail for violating his probation that may provide some help and relief for him if the State and County care enough to provide it. In addition, I am sorry the officer got hit however, I am sure this is not the first time he has been hit be it in uniform or out, these are the risks these men take when they agree to serve and protect, injury comes with the territory, I am grateful it was just a hit and not a bullet or a knife.
Me22 July 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Dan-0 I disagree Everything that goes on in this town the tax payers have the right to know. Especially when it comes to spending the tax payers money. We all have the right to know about the bad kids in this town so us as parents that have younger kids can try to keep our kids safe. If you don't like what you read on patch than don't read it. Anyone that goes after a cop in anger is a dirtbag you should no better. The police are here to help not to harm you but you harm a police office you deserve to pay the price.
MC July 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The action was disrespectful period. Just because your having a bad moment does not give you permission to take it out on the world. It's sad that we must call on police to do our parenting very sad.
Brendan Kuty July 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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