Man spits at, bites Bayonne police following refusal to wear a mask

James Watson was eventually handcuffed and taken to the hospital for treatment


A 51-year-old man from New York was arrested after allegedly spitting at and biting cops in an ambulance, refusing to wear a mask in the ambulance.

James Watson was taken into custody at 10:39 a.m. on July 22 from the area of 21st Street and Avenue E.

Officers in the area were flagged down by EMS personnel who advised them that the patient in the ambulance, later identified as Watson, had become unruly and refused orders to exit the ambulance after refusing to wear a face mask.

When the officers approached him to speak with him, he became increasingly irate and began spitting inside the ambulance, police said.

He then removed an item from the wall of the ambulance and threw it, according to police. The officers attempted to subdue Watson but were met with physical resistance.

During the struggle, Watson attempted to bite both officers, making contact with one of them and breaking the skin, police said.

As other officers responded, Watson was unable to be controlled. Police said this caused an officer to deploy a short burst of pepper spray.

As officers attempted to handcuff him, Watson allegedly lay on his hands, refusing to be handcuffed. Watson was eventually handcuffed and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Watson was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

The injured officer received treatment for the bite and a hand injury.

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