Paramus police officers injured during arrest of fraud suspects at mall www.privateofficer.com
Paramus NJ June 28 2011 An arrest attempt Saturday at the Garden State Plaza sent two Paramus Police officers to the hospital, one with a broken nose.
Officers Keith Bland and Robert Brack were trying to arrest Preston Bryant, 43, and Chermaine Quinones, 40, after the New York residents allegedly tried to buy a $10,575 watch with a fake credit card at Ross Simon Jewelry, reports said. Bryant tried to run, but was caught by Bland and Brack, reports said.
But as they tried to restrain him, Bryant, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, started punching, kicking and biting the officers, reports said. A mall security officer called Paramus Police for backup, reports said.
The police were able to subdue Bryant after more officers arrived. Quinones didn’t resist arrest, reports said.
Brack and Bland were sent to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment. Brack suffered a broken nose, injured neck and several bite marks on his arms, and will be out of work indefinitely.
Bland also received several bite marks, but returned to work.
Bryant was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of a stolen credit card and identity theft. He was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Quinones was charged with conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. She was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.