Bodycam footage captured an Emotionally Disturbed Person (EDP) hurling a metal laundry cart at Midland Park police and the subsequent arrest.
Shortly after midnight on February 3, 2023, a young male with a hammer inside a Midland Park laundromat – that “seemed kind of disturbed” – was reported to police, according to records obtained by Real Garden State.
When Midland Park officers arrived at the scene, they encountered an Emotionally Disturbed Person (EDP) and the situation quickly escalated. The individual hurled a metal wire laundry cart at an officer, the officer struck deployed their taser unsuccessfully, and the suspect escaped through the laundromat’s rear exit.
Outside of the facility, multiple officers quickly subdued the suspect – who allegedly bit an officer while being arrested. Police recovered a glass shard out of the handcuffed person’s pocket.
As officers appeared to deescalate the situation, the detained man stated “I’ve been fighting for my life for three years” and was told by police “we’re gonna help you.” Bodycam footage of the incident released via Open Public Records Act (OPRA) cuts off minutes after the arrestee is handcuffed.
The male EDP was transported to New Bridge Medical Center and eventually charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and resisting arrest/threatening force against a law enforcement officer.
Public records indicate the man has been incarcerated at the Bergen County Jail since his arrest and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the case. WATCH VIDEO OF INCIDENT BELOW: