MONTVILLE, NJ – On April 11, Michael Trogani of Montville was sentenced to five years in state prison in connection with attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer and 18 months in connection to resisting arrest.
According to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, on Oct. 10, 2011, 38 year-old Trogani fled Pep Boys Automotive with a stolen ignition coil. The employee working at the time chased Trogani out of the store and notified police of Trogani’s description as well as his direction of flight.
Shortly after Trogani’s description was broadcasted, Parsippany Officer Al Keiser traveled to the area where Trogani would likely run. Keiser observed a male matching the description of Trogani running towards Grange Road, at which time Keiser exited his patrol car and began to chase Trogani, Knapp said.
As the Officer closed the gap between himself and Trogani, he drew his firearm and ordered Trogani to the ground, Knapp said, but Trogani continued to run. Keiser re-holstered his firearm and pursued on foot. Eventually Keiser caught-up to Trogani and tackled him to the ground.
After a violent struggle, during which Trogani attempted to disarm the Officer, Keiser sprayed Trogani in the face with pepper spray, Knapp said. Trogani fled again and was eventually captured by Keiser with the assistance of other members of the Parsippany Police Department.
In Oct. 2013, Trogani pled guilty to Second Degree Attempt to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer and Fourth Degree Resisting Arrest.
“Society depends upon respect for police officers to maintain public safety. When that is lost, significant danger is created for the public,” Knapp said. “Today’s sentence recognized the seriousness of the offense and the risk that this defendant posed. We are grateful that Officer Keiser was not seriously injured and that he, Chief Philipps and other Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officers were present in Court today to emphasize the gravity of this case.”