'Suspicious' Man Tried Punching Cop at Parsippany Fireworks Show, Police Say

William Day was stopped at Parsippany fireworks display for being 'suspicious,' police report.

A Morristown man made his own fireworks at the Parsippany Hills High School on Independence Day when he tried punching a police officer, authorities reported.

Around 9:15 p.m., Parsippany police who were providing security for the Independence Day Fireworks Display at the high school noticed a “suspicious” man walking through the parking lot around 9:15 p.m., police said.

Officers proceeded to stop and question the man, identified as William Day, 53, of Morristown. In doing so, Day became “combative and agitated,” police said, and altercation ensued. At that point Sgt. Eugene Natoli tried taking control of Day, police said, and the Morristown man resisted. At the same time, Day threw a punch at Natoli, police said, but the officer was able to move out of the way.

Multiple officers subdued Day and placed him under arrest. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He was held in lieu of $2,500 bail with no 10-percent option.

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Nicholas Robert Homyak July 07, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Whole incident sound suspicious.
Paul Kania July 07, 2014 at 11:52 PM
http://parsippany.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/clifton-man-18-arrested-for-assaulting-woman?yPos=2822 I do not know if any one is still watching this post. I was beat by the same guy On September 11, 2013. He attacked me with his girlfriend driven. he broke my sinuses and my nose. I had one of two surgeries. I now am being Blackmailed with a counter suit. (My brother,Who no longer lives which me) in court they were going to press false charges, because his mental illness. He hired a lawyer that know the prosecutor. So you know how it goes. I need help. 862-899-0276
Mike July 09, 2014 at 01:09 PM
This is terrible. This man was not committing a crime and the only charge against him was the result of an unwarranted stop. Who wouldn't be agitated and combative when being stopped by the police for no reason? Shame on parsippany PD for violating this man's rights. If anyone committed a crime, it was officer natoli.


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