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Garfield Man Drops Kitchen Tool After Officer Pulls Taser

Vincent Barbarino
Vincent Barbarino Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

GARFIELD, N.J. -- A Garfield police officer pulled out his Taser to convince a repeat offender awaiting trial on drug charges to drop a meat tenderizer he'd used to beat an "acquaintance" moments earlier, authorities told Daily Voice.

Officers responding to a report of a Saturday night fight on Farnham Avenue found Vincent Barbarino, 30, standing in the street, bleeding from his face, the shiny instrument in his hand, Capt. Darren Sucorowski said Wednesday.

"They told him to drop it several times and he refused," Sucorowski said. "Finally, an officer pulled out his Taser and the suspect complied."

An ambulance was called for the 25-year-old victim, who was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries to his head and back, the captain aid.

Barbarino, who'd been in and out of jail no fewer than five times the past 16 months, remained held on $75,000 bail in the county lockup on charges of aggravated assault and a variety of weapons offenses.

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