Bergenfield man accused of throwing machete at police

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergenfield police chased a man accused of attacking his mother into the basement of her home, where they said he threw a machete at them before surrendering at gunpoint.

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGENFIELD PD

Police went to the Graphic Boulevard home just after 10:30 last night after his mother called a mental health hotline and said 33-year-old Jean C. Midi Jr. hadn’t taken his medication, was acting “highly paranoid and agitated” and assaulted  her, Bergenfield Detective Capt. Cathy Madalone said this morning.

Midi apparently injured the woman’s right hand when he tried to prevent her from leaving, Madalone said.

Sgt. Daniel Brizek and Officeres Firman Masri, Michael Dymek and James Acito tried to talk to Midi through the front door and by cellphone, without success, the captain said.

Midi’s mother then gave police the front door key, and three of the officers went in.

Midi “continued to refuse to cooperate,” then ducked into the basement with an object in his hand and slammed the door, Madalone said.

Acito kicked the door, which fell off its hinges, she said.

Midi then “threw a black machete in the direction of the three officers,” Madalone said.

Acito “drew his service weapon and ordered [Midi] to the ground,” and he complied, she said.

Midi was handcuffed and taken to the secure unit of Bergen Regional Medical Center. He was ordered held on a combined $52,500 bail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful weapons possession (two counts) and obstruction of justice, pending a Municipal Court appearance tomorrow.

None of the officers, nor Midi, were injured, Madalone said. Police seized the machete as evidence, she said.


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