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Fort Lee Cop Assaulted at Gas Station as Tempers Flare over Long Lines

The incident occurred at the Sunoco station on Bergen Boulevard early Friday morning, where the New York man allegedly struck an officer and tried to push him out of the way in an attempt to get gas, police said.

A New York man allegedly assaulted a Fort Lee police officer at a gas station on Bergen Boulevard early Friday morning, becoming "enraged" after learning the station might be out of gas by the time he made it to the front of the line.

Christian Cruz-Bello, 23, of East Elmhurst, NY had been waiting in line in his car at the Sunoco station on Route 1 North in Fort Lee at about 5:30 a.m. Friday. When he reached the front of the line, police told him to wait before pulling in because the station might be out of gas, police said.

Cruz-Bello allegedly ignored that order and pulled into the station anyway, but officers were able to stop him before he reached the gas pumps. Police said Cruz-Bello “became enraged,” got out of his car with a gas can and started walking to the pumps instead.

Police said Cruz-Bello’s car was in a “hazardous position,” preventing other vehicles from getting into or out of the station safely, so officers called for a tow truck.

Cruz-Bello then returned to his car but was told by police it was being towed, police said.

It was then that police allege Cruz-Bello struck Det. Nick Orta of the Fort Lee Police Department and tried to push him out of the way and get back into his car.

Orta told Cruz-Bello he was under arrest for assault and tried to handcuff him, but Cruz-Bello allegedly resisted and had to be restrained by three police officers, police said.

Cruz-Bello was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, according to police.

Bail was set at $1,500, and Cruz-Bello was sent to the Bergen County Jail.

The incident occurred just a day after Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas O. Ripoli urged people to have patience at the few gas stations that are open and cooperate with the police officers patrolling them.

Lilian Vasquez November 03, 2012 at 07:17 PM
good to know.
William Mays November 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Obviously, the guy shouldn't have assaulted the cop. However, a lot of cops in this town act like complete assholes, and people with a bad temper can do something stupid, like punching a cop. They are way overpaid for what they do, and they tend to forget where their salaries come from. I have much more respect for cops in NYC that get paid 40k and actually have to risk their lives.
Rakhee Roy January 04, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Well all I can say is people even cops need to heal in their personal lives even if it means leaving your job, because if you get all this shit at work, then it's time to question the way things are in your life to move on to the new and better thing nurture thyself as you heal and realize your truth as you discover God in your body from natural healing then things change dramatically and things work out for good and better of yourself and others....sorry the cop got assaulted heal people heal its the only way and God the true God is your owner who can and will change your work life.... among everything else....God Bless the people who were a part of this....
Rakhee Roy January 04, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Ok where do these power and control issues come from? People that work for the police station that believe their over the power of God because they discovered all this amazing stuff in training and whatever else....but to be there for people the officers must first be their for themselves natural detox works because it removes issues that make all kinds of people act the way that cops acted the cops could remember they are not God God is God and the relief from their own lives they are looking is perfectly available to them if they simply do it, but if they continue the way the are it's just going to get more out of control cruelty, bad behavior comes from not releasing correctly and taking time to heal 24/7 which includes stop working for a while would make anyone better at their job.....
Rakhee Roy January 04, 2013 at 02:51 AM
best thing to say is Psalm 24

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