Attempts to get a loiterer to leave a Rite Aid ended on a Hackensack street with an officer's gun drawn and the man in police custody, police said.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on Jan. 3, Timothy Carriel, 19, was in the Rite Aid on Essex Street, refusing to leave despite being asked several times, said Capt. Frank Aquila.
"The guy ran from an officer and hid behind a tree," Aquila said.
When police arrived at the Rite Aid, Carriel continued to refuse to leave, claiming he was a gang member and cursing at responding officers. As he finally left, Carriel began yelling and screaming as he walked down Essex Street, police said.
Minutes later, Carriel came back to the Rite Aid and fled when officers approached him. Carriel hid behind a tree and an officer drew his gun, not knowing if Carriel had a weapon, Aquila said.
Carriel complied. After he was taken into custody, Carriel was charged with possession of heroin and obstruction of justice and later released on a summons.
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