HOBOKEN - A Jersey City man was arrested after whipping out a machete during an altercation in Hoboken on Friday.

Officer Daniel Grossi was flagged down by a witness just after midnight near 1st and Washington Street, and observed the male holding a machete in his right hand. Officer Grossi displayed his service weapon and ordered the male to drop the machete.

Salvatore Spadafora, 54, Jersey City, complied and was ordered to sit on the ground. Officers Joseph Spano, Officer Tyler Soto, Officer Geovanni Cruzado, Officer Marvin DeJesus, Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons, and Sergeant Roary Miller responded and it was determined that Spadafora was in an argument with an unknown male in the area of Newark and Washington Street. The argument escalated when Spadafora produced a machete from his pants, at which point his opponent fled the scene. Spadafora was observed holding the machete above his head and pursuing the man. He reportedly swung the machete and struck a parked vehicle.

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Spadafora was placed under arrest and charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, and Criminal Mischief. Spadafora’s charges were placed on a warrant, and he was committed to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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