Monday, October 20, 2014

New Jersey: I'm Concerned About Strangers I Encounter That May Be Emotionally Unstable

According to, a Wayne man was arrested last week after punching out a Chinese tourist’s teeth at a local hotel, then brawling with officers as they attempted to take him into custody, authorities said.

Thomas Burns, 25, is accused of assaulting the 37-year-old victim as he smoked a cigarette in a hallway at the LaQuinta hotel on Two Bridges Road at approximately 2225 hours on Wednesday (October 15), Fairfield police said in a statement.

Burns allegedly punched the man, who was traveling with a Chinese tour group, repeatedly, and continued to assault him after he had fallen to the ground. Burns then fled in a black Infiniti; police found the Chinese victim missing several teeth and suffering from other facial trauma.

Fairfield Deputy Chief Anthony Manna said surveillance footage and eyewitness accounts offered absolutely no evidence that any confrontation or conflict preceded the assault.

COMMENT: It bothers me profoundly that our society has declined to such an irreparable level that one citizen cannot depend on another in a potentially life-threatening situation. How very sad.

As a retired federal agent I am stunned at the capacity of US citizens to avoid any conflict that does not directly effect them.

The dilemma of not being able to count on anyone if another's safety is threatened is much larger than many of us realize. Please see the below link:

Using the surveillance footage and hotel registration records, Fairfield detectives were able to identify Burns as a suspect, and located him at around 0545 hours in a room close to where the attack occurred.

After Burns opened the door, he physically attacked the officers as they attempted to arrest him, punching Officer RJ Casendino in the ribs and Sgt. Christopher Oswald in the face, Manna said.

Burns is charged with one count of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest, and was ordered held on $50,000 bond.

The Chinese victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson to be treated for his injuries, which include a broken left orbital bone in his face. 

Casendino was also taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained during the scuffle with Burns.

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