Nassau Police Say Elmont Man, Nicholas Depasquale, 34, Fled Driveway Into Home; Approached With Lights, Shields
December 12, 2014
(Long Island, NY) Nassau County Police have arrested an Elmont man for Assault that occurred on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. in Elmont.
According to fourth squad detectives, Bureau of Special Operations officers were conducting an investigation when they approached the defendant Nicholas M. Depasquale, 34 of Elmont as he began to back his 2006 Chevy van out of his driveway. The officers activated the emergency lights on their vehicles and exited the car with their shields displayed.
Nicholas M. Depasquale, 34 of Elmont was charged with Assault 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Resisting Arrest and two counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd degree. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Photo NCPD.
Upon seeing the officers Depasquale exited his vehicle and fled on foot into the rear yard entering his home thru the rear. The officers followed Depasquale into the home and were able to stop him at the top of the basement stairs. He refused to comply with the officers’ commands and repeatedly pushed, punched and kicked the officers.
The ensuing struggle caused two officers and the defendant to fall down the flight of stairs. While on the floor of the basement the officers were able to gain control of the defendant and placed him under arrest. As they lead Depasquale to the patrol car he deliberately tripped the officer causing them to both fall to the ground. During the arrest Depasquale was found to be in possession of a plastic bag containing crystal methamphetamine. One officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries to his elbow and back. Two other officers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Despasquale is charged with Assault 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Resisting Arrest, and two counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd degree (for a previous offense). He was arraigned on Friday, December 12, 2014 at First District Court in Hempstead.
The above is an account of the incident as it was reported to NewsLI.com by the Nassau County Police Department. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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