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Little Ferry PD: July 4th Partyers Attack Police After Igniting Garage Fire

Danella Agudelo-Hakovljevic, Dragan Jakovljevic
Danella Agudelo-Hakovljevic, Dragan Jakovljevic Photo Credit: PHOTO (left): COURTESY Amy J. Dirr / (right) FACEBOOK photo

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. -- A group of Little Ferry partyers attacked police after igniting a garage blaze with July 4th fireworks, authorities said.

Firefighters quickly kept the flames from spreading to more than 110 pieces of illegal fireworks that remained in the detached garage, which was significantly damaged, Police Chief Ralph Verdi told Daily Voice on Wednesday.

Police responding to the call at 82 Main Street -- across from the borough Public Safety Building -- were met by a group from the home who were "uncooperative, to say the least," the chief said.

"The new fireworks law in New Jersey says that you can have party poppers and sparklers," Verdi said. "Some people seem to think that extends to all fireworks."

One of the officers sustained scratches and another a bruised cheek in a scuffle with the quartet, he said.

He identified those charged as:

  • Danella Agudelo-Hakovljevic, 24, who was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction, and unlawful storage of fireworks.
  • Her husband, Dragan Jakovljevic, 34, who was charged with obstruction.
  • Martha Martinez Diraldo, 53, who was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer;
  • Gerry Cappelluti, 48, who charged with unlawful storage of fireworks.

All four were released on court summonses, the chief said.

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