RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Detective Kurt Edelman was on patrol in the area of Rickland Drive on Monday August 13 when he observed Mr. William Hawkins, 51, of Randolph NJ, who was wanted for a felony warrant from another jurisdiction.
According to police, Detective Edelman, who was in full uniform, approached, and after a brief conversation, Mr. Hawkins began to run towards his house. Detective Edelman caught up at his front door, at which time Mr. Hawkins turned and began fighting with Detective Edelman.
Police reports further stated that Detective Edelman initially was able to control Mr. Hawkins, however, a female, Arlene De Taranto, 72 of Randolph, opened the door slamming it into Detective Edelman. Ms. De Taranto then assisted Mr. Hawkins escape the grip of Detective Edelman. Both Mr. Hawkins and Ms. De Taranto fled into the house and locked the door.
Additional Randolph Police officers responded to the residence, where contact was made with Ms. De Taranto, who police stated was initially uncooperative. Eventually, officers were able to make entry into the residence, and it was reported that Ms. De Taranto was placed under arrest. It was determined that Mr. Hawkins had fled out the back of the residence prior to the arrival of the additional officers.
Randolph Police, Morris County Sherriff’s office K-9, Morris County Park Police, Denville Police and Morris County OEM began to search for Mr. Hawkins in the woods and trail systems in the area as the incident took place right near a trail entrance.
Police further reported that Mr. Hawkins was finally located at a residence in Randolph Township, where he was taken into custody. Detective Edelman sustained injuries to his arm, which required medical treatment.
Ms. De Taranto was charged by police with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Obstruction, Hindering Apprehension and possession of marijuana.
De Taranto was released pending court. Hawkins was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, calling 9-1-1 without needing 9-1-1 services and possession of marijuana. He was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.