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NY Cop Arrested After 'Bear-Hugging' Officer at Scene

NY Cop Arrested After 'Bear-Hugging' Officer at Scene

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The Stamford Advocate via YellowBrix

April 07, 2010

STAMFORD — A Mount Vernon, N.Y., police officer was arrested in downtown Stamford this past weekend for allegedly bear-hugging a Stamford officer responding to a commotion outside a lounge early Sunday, authorities said.

Joseph Dellaripa, 30, of Pelham, N.Y., was charged with interfering with an officer and second-degree breach of peace, both misdemeanors. He was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Sunday outside 84 Park, a West Park Place nightclub and lounge.

Mount Vernon police did not return calls for comment, but a department spokesperson on Tuesday told The Journal News, a daily newspaper that covers the Lower Hudson Valley of New York state, that Dellaripa was suspended from the police force.

Stamford Police Capt. William Mullin said officers were called to a commotion outside the downtown club around the same time as last call for alcohol.

Officers tried to escort a woman involved in part of the altercation when Dellaripa allegedly wrapped up one of them in a “two-handed bear-hug” from behind, Mullin said.

Another officer intervened and handcuffed Dellaripa. He was taken to the Stamford Police Department and charged without incident.

Dellaripa was released from custody on a written promise to appear in court on April 14.

The same night, a Port Chester, N.Y., man told police that a Norwalk man and an accomplice attacked him in the bathroom of 84 Park, punching him in the head and smashing a beer bottle over his head.

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