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Grand jury returns assault charges against knife-wielding Ridgewood man disarmed by police

ONLY ON CVP: A Ridgewood man who police said pulled a knife on them was indicted by a grand jury in Hackensack on two counts each of aggravated assault and illegal weapons possession, in addition to resisting arrest.

Four Ridgewood police officers and a Glen Rock officer working as an EMT responded to the Chestnut Street home of James Brown last Nov. 18 on a call from a maintenance worker who was having a dispute with him.

PHOTO (Boyd A. Loving / l to r): Glen Rock Police Chief Frederick Stahman, Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward, Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Ridgewood PD Sergeant Brian Pullman, Detective Peter Youngberg, Officer Raymond Tarino, Glen Rock PD Patrol Officer Murray Yang.

Brown cooperated at first, agreeing to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation — then suddenly pulled a weapon the size of a Swiss Army knife, authorities said.

Acting quickly, the group snatched the knife and subdued him.

Detective Peter Youngberg and Officer Raymond Tarino were cut, though not severely — resulting in the aggravated assault charges.

Village officials later honored Youngberg, Tarino and the other responders — Ridgewood Sgt. Brian Pullman and Officer Rosario Vaccarella and Glen Rock Officer Murray Yang — with the Combat Cross.

Brown remained held on $50,000 bail this morning in the Bergen County Jail.

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