Man threat­ened to knock util­ity worker off lad­der, cops say

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

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