Authorities have charged four people accused of trying to prevent police from arresting a man who allegedly assaulted a police officer in Easton late last month.
Easton police were dispatched to the 900 block of Ferry Street shortly after 7 p.m. on July 27 for a noise complaint. Officers arrived to find a large crowd across Ferry Street along with grills in the street, coolers on the sidewalks and tables and chairs on the sidewalk and in the street, according to court records.
One officer reported that he had planned on citing 35-year-old Orialis Figueroa-Colon via mail for loud music, the original complaint for which police were dispatched, according to records. But his "unruly behavior escalated," and police decided to arrest him for disorderly conduct, according to records.
While trying to apprehend Figueroa-Colon, officers said they were surrounded by several people, including Luis E. Oliveras-Perez, 36; Marilis Figueroa, 34; Elizaul Trujillo; 27; and 33-year-old Shajuan S. Hungerford.
All four reportedly heard police tell Figueroa-Colon that he was under arrest and proceeded to allegedly push, pull and grab the officers and block their path to Figueroa-Colon, who was headed toward his house. The quartet allegedly yelled and cursed at officers, drawing attention to the situation and roughly doubling the size of the crowd since police arrived.
Police charged Figueroa-Colon with simple assault, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, assault of a police officer and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned July 28 with bail set at $35,000 with a 10 percent cash option. He was released from custody after Marilis Figueroa posted $3,500 cash.
Oliveras-Perez, Marilis Figueroa, Trujillo and Hungerford were each charged with hindering apprehension, obstructing the administration of the law, riot and disorderly conduct. District Judge Nicholas Englesson arraigned Hungerford Aug. 14, setting bail at $10,000.
Pre-trial services allowed for a 10 percent cash option, and Hungerford was released from custody the next day after someone posted $1,000 cash bail on her behalf.
District Judge Daniel Corpora arraigned Oliveras-Perez and Marilis Figueroa on Aug. 20. They were each released on $10,000 unsecured bail. They have preliminary hearings scheduled for Sept. 3.