Man threatened to knock utility worker off ladder, cops say
A homeless man was arrested last week after he allegedly threatened to push a utility worker off a ladder, according to police.
The incident happened just after 11 a.m. July 17 as a Comcast Xfinity employee was working at a home on Delaware Circle in George Read Village.
The worker told police he was up on the ladder when a disheveled man holding a beer can began yelling and cursing at him, complaining about the cones surrounding the worker’s van.
The man, later identified as 51-year-old John Turnbull, threatened to knock the worker off his ladder and repeatedly gestured for him to come down and fight, court records allege.
A resident who saw the commotion looked out her window, and Turnbull turned his attention to her, cursing at her and calling her a derogatory name, according to court documents.
Police arrived and arrested Turnbull in nearby George Read Park.
Turnbull is “well-known to Newark Police for this type of behavior,” Cpl. Marty LaRue wrote in charging documents. The incident marked the fourth time this month Turnbull has been arrested for disorderly behavior, police added.
“While being taken into custody, Turnbull uttered that he ‘only had words with the dude on the ladder’ and nothing else happened,” LaRue wrote.
Turnbull was charged with terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct. He was released on $1,250 unsecured bond and ordered not to return to George Read Village.