An Atlantic City man was charged with one count of second-degree aggravated assault, two third-degree charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and one third-degree charge of resisting arrest for a domestic incident in Atlantic City over the weekend, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
At approximately 10:51 a.m. on Saturday, members of the Atlantic City Police Department received a 911 call for a domestic incident in the 3800 block of Ventnor Avenue. The female caller, whose name is not being released due to the nature of the crime, stated that her boyfriend, Samual D. Laws, 29, was inside the apartment with her newborn and was not responding to her attempts to enter the apartment. She asked for police officers to verify the condition of her child. The superintendent of the apartment building provided a key to Atlantic City Police Officers Allen Heinze and Cynthia Rongione. The Officers entered the apartment, located the infant who was asleep with Laws in the bedroom, and returned the baby to the mother.
The mother of the baby requested that the officers ask Laws to leave the apartment. The Officers attempted to wake the suspect at which time Laws got off of the bed and allegedly charged at Officer Heinze, a 29-year police veteran. Officer Heinze attempted to subdue the suspect by using OC spray but was knocked into a wall. The suspect then allegedly punched Officer Rongione in the right side of her throat and her right shoulder area.
Officer Rongione, a 13-year-police veteran, pulled out her service-weapon and discharged one round into the bed. The suspect, who was uninjured, backed up and went onto the bed where the officers were able to secure him.
Officer Rongione was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for treatment of her injuries.
Atlantic City Municipal Court Judge Henry Warner set Laws’ bail at $145,000 full cash. Laws was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Second-degree crimes carry up to 10 years in prison and $150,000 in fines. Third-degree crimes carry up to five years in prison and $15,000 in fines.