Jersey City Man Charged with Assaulting Police Officer

According to Authorities, a Jersey City man was charged with assaulting a Police Officer in the city on Saturday. The police officer was attempting to speak with Sanabria who, at the time, was a robbery suspect. Sanabria allegedly attacked the officer. According to the complaint, the officer struck Sanabria’s legs with his baton, but he was unaffected.  Sanabria then punched the officer twice, knocked him down, jumped on top of him, and continued to punch him in the face while he was on the ground. 

The officer needed medical attention for his face, leg and hand. According the complaint, Sanabria was ultimately taken into custody and while in the police car, he told a second officer, “I will kill you I will disarm and kill you… you will pay the price for punching me. While being booked, he also told the second officer, “I am going to kill you, you are going to regret f—— with me.” Click here to read more at

In this case, the criminal was likely charged with Aggravated Assault which is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, which provides under paragraph 5: a person commits simple assault upon any law enforcement officer. The penalties for Aggravated Assault can be severe. Aggravated assault under paragraph 1 is a crime of the second degree, punishable by a period of between 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with 85% to be served under the No Early Release Act (NERA).

The Aggravated Assault statute is complicated and contains a variety of legal nuances. The consequences of a conviction for Aggravated Assault are permanent and severe. For these reasons, if you find yourself in a situation where you or a loved one have been charged with a violent offense including Aggravated Assault, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced in defending countless individuals charged with violent offenses throughout New Jersey in towns like Paterson, Wayne, and Clifton. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.