Washington Township NJ Criminal Mischief ChargesWashington Township NJ police arrested a man who allegedly used an aluminum bat to fend off a person who followed him home.

Washington Township police officers responded to a residence in Califon Borough, New Jersey after receiving a report of a physical altercation.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they encountered two men. One of the men told the officers that he had followed the other man home. He claimed that the other man, James Sapio, had been a passenger in a vehicle that ran him off the road. The alleged victim claimed that Sapio threatened him with a baseball bat when he arrived at Sapio’s house.

According to police, Sapio confirmed that he used a baseball bat to smash the rear window of the other man’s vehicle. As a result, police arrested Sapio and charged him with criminal mischief and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

In New Jersey, criminal mischief is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3. According to the statute, criminal mischief may be classified as a third degree felony. If Sapio is convicted of third degree criminal mischief, he could be sentenced to up to five years in state prison.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Police Arrest Califon Man Who Used Aluminum Bat to Threaten Person That Followed Him Home.


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