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Fair Lawn Police Officer Injured Responding to Assault With a Bat

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FAIR LAWN - A Fair Lawn police officer suffered a non-threatening head injury when responding to an incident in which a Midland Park man attacked a Fair Lawn man with a bat over a parking issue in Glen Rock.

Julian Deeb, 29, of Midland Park man was arrested after allegedly attacking a Fair Lawn man with an aluminum bat over parking on Dec. 14.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the 27-year-old Fair Lawn man parked his vehicle in a fire lane in front of his place of employment, East Wok Asian Restaurant, 938 Prospect Avenue, Glen Rock, according to police.

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The victim, employed as a delivery driver, said Deeb allegedly approached him about his parking.  After an initial verbal altercation, the victim moved his vehicle, a 2017 Subaru, onto Prospect Avenue, Fair Lawn, near Saddle River Road.  

Deeb, on two occasions, according to police, left the scene and then came back to continue the altercation. On his second return to the scene, he exited his vehicle with an aluminum baseball bat, and as the altercation became physical, Deeb allegedly struck the victim with the bat an unknown number of times, police said.

The victim, who suffered facial and hand injuries, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Upon police arrival, the suspect had fled the scene north on Prospect Avenue into Glen Rock in a 2016 Dodge Ram. Glen Rock Police stopped the wanted vehicle on Ackerman Avenue at Rock Road and arrested the operator, Deeb, without incident. The aluminum bat was recovered inside the vehicle.

Deeb is currently being held at Fair Lawn Police Headquarters. He will be charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  

During the response to the altercation, Fair Lawn Police Officer Robert Manning, 46, was injured when his marked Ford Taurus, with emergency lights and siren activated, struck a 2017 Lexus on Saddle River Road northbound at Van Duren Avenue.

The Lexus driver, a 65-year-old male from Wyckoff, made a left turn out of Van Duren Avenue in front of the police car. In the collision, Officer Manning suffered a non-life threatening head injury and was transported by Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance to Valley Hospital for treatment. 

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