LIVINGSTON, NJ — Over the last few days in Livingston, the police department has responded to disturbances at two Livingston Public Schools facilities and arrested a ShopRite customer for assault on a security guard and a Livingston police officer.
Disturbance at Harrison Elementary Leads to Arrest of Livingston Man
At approximately 7:41 p.m. on April 19, Livingston police received a call from a resident who reported that there was a man standing and screaming on the field at Harrison Elementary School. Upon arrival, officers found David Schnibbe, 52, of Livingston, lying face down in the field with his pants down to his knees and screaming.
According to Livingston police, Schnibbe “was belligerent and claimed he had consumed cough syrup.” The man was subdued by multiple officers and transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for care and evaluation.
Although he was previously told not to return home, police said Schnibbe returned to a family member’s Livingston home the next morning, broke a window and entered the home. Officers responded and arrested Schnibbe inside the home.
According to police, Schnibbe was charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass and was transported by ambulance to Clara Maas Hospital for evaluation.
Police Respond to Break-In at Heritage Middle School
At approximately 6:16 a.m. on April 22, Livingston police responded to an activated alarm at Heritage Middle School and found an unsecured door on the exterior of the building. Upon entering the facility, officers heard noises that led them to believe someone was inside the school.
According to the responding officers, a person dressed in dark clothing was located in a hallway and began running from them. Once caught, the individual was identified as a 13-year-old male from Livingston who claimed he entered the building through a roof hatch. He also told police that he took a Snapple and a bag of Doritos from the cafeteria.
The juvenile was taken to his home and released to his father. The case was referred to Family Court.
Man Arrested on Assault Charges at Livingston ShopRite
After responding to a call about an assault on a security officer at the Livingston ShopRite just before 9 a.m. on April 17, Officer Matt DeBiasse was also assaulted by the individual in question.
According to police, John J. Kim, 43, of Livingston, had by-passed the line limiting the number of people in the supermarket. When security officer Gernan Petroche Franco confronted the customer, Kim “lashed out and began striking the security guard in the head,” police said.
When Officer DeBiasse detained Kim in the parking lot and attempted to get his side of the story, the officer said Kim became highly agitated and struck the officer on the side of the face. Kim was subsequently taken to the ground and handcuffed.
According to police, Kim was charged with assaulting the security guard, assaulting the police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was processed and released on a summons.