Teenage Girl Charged With Assaulting Police Officers

The 16-year-old suspect allegedly punched two officers after they said there were going to return her to her home because they suspected she had been drinking alcohol. Also arrested was the 55-year-old man who allegedly let the girl drink in his apartme

A 16-year-old Lawrence Township girl was arrested last week after she allegedly assaulted two township police officers who, suspecting the teen had been drinking alcohol, had threatened to escort her home to her mother, according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.

Arrested the following day was the 55-year-old township man who, police allege, allowed the girl to drink in his apartment.

Ubry said it was about 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, when police received a complaint about a group of juveniles acting in a disorderly manner near the gazebo of the Avalon Run East apartment complex.

Responding officers did not locate the group near the gazebo but they were directed toward an apartment in Building 10, off Maple Leaf Drive, that the juveniles were alleged “to frequent,” Ubry said.

He said officers arrived just as the 16-year-old was exiting the apartment. Detective Scott Caloiaro, recognizing the girl from prior dealings, began to question her and allegedly detected an odor of alcohol on her breath, he said.

Caloiaro advised the girl that officers were going to take her home, but she refused to cooperate, Ubry said. He said she, with closed fists, punched Caloiaro in the head and Officer James Vardanega in the chest.

The 16-year-old was arrested for aggravated assault on the two police officers, along with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension, Ubry said. He said she was also charged with underage drinking, which is a township ordinance violation.

Follow-up investigation led to the arrest on Friday, Sept. 7, of the resident of that Maple Leaf Drive apartment – Dominick M. Fioravanti, 55, according to Ubry. He said the arrest was made by Detective Caloiaro, Vardanega and Sgt. Joseph Caloiaro.

Ubry said Fioravanti was charged with numerous offenses, including serving alcohol to minors, making a property available for the underage consumption of alcohol, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and obstructing the administration of law.


Sanriobaby September 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
First of all, who smiles in thier mug shot after being accused of serving liquior to a minor? Only a old creepy perv wouldn't think that it's a big deal, he was probably getting this girl drunk to take sexual advantage of her. I hope the judge throws the book at this disgusting POS. The fact that she was recognized by the cops means that she has some serious ongoing problems. She clearly doesn't have a fear of the police, why else would she be so bold and comfortable enough to assult the arresting officers. I don't know if and what her family is doing to keep her on the right path, but hopefully, she will get some help. If child welfare services hasn't been involved with this family before, they should be now. This time, she got caught drinking with the neighborhood pervert, next time, who knows. She might meet up with someone who may do far worse to her and she may never come home again....
David Smith September 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Well maybe the police should keep a closer eye on Avalon run. Maybe if the township council will consider the 12 hour 5 and 2 schedule the police union is suggesting we will have enough police on the street to actually do it.
BOB LECH September 14, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Many people have no common sense. I remember when Subs & bites first opened up I went there for breakfast. I then went back to my vehicle to try working some hams in the ISS space station when a woman pulls up and told be that she always saw me on the other side of the highway. I informed her that I could have been crazed killer and that she had no brains. I also told her to go home and call the police, They are aware of who I am and see me at my spot often. There are just to many young girls going out and never to be seen again After more reading I find that these young kids are out alone walking home at 2-3 AM. I don't know if mace is allowed in NJ but I never saw a law saying you can't carry spray paint,carb cleaner,starting fluid,bug juice and other things sold in almost every store. It would be very nice to hear your story rather then read the news that says the police found your cell phone
Bobisdumb September 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Bob I don't think anyone really understands what your saying
Amy January 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Avalon Run's management is to blame--they refuse to put in security cameras and detail because it's "too expensive." They also claim ignorance when it comes to police dealings--according to them, "we don't even know the police have been here unless residents tell us." Avalon Run needs a clean sweep of the office staff--bumbling, ignorant idiots.


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