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Lodi man chasing girlfriend drops knife after Little Ferry officer draws gun

Photo Credit: Courtesy LITTLE FERRY PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Little Ferry police officer drew his weapon this afternoon after a bloodied Lodi man refused to drop a 10-inch kitchen knife as he chased his girlfriend down the steps of her apartment, authorities said.

“Drop the knife!” Officer Samuel Aguilar shouted at 26-year-old Klaudio Mazi.

After several commands, Mazi let go of the weapon, went to the ground and was handcuffed, Detective Ronald M. Klein Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

He told officers “that he was assaulted the night before by the female’s cousin,” Klein said.

Aguilar and Officer Dominick Verdi and Thomas Egan responded to a broken window call by the landlord of the Washington Avenue apartment at 12:41 p.m., the detective said.

The landlord said the 34-year-old second-floor tenant told him her cousin had broken the window with his hand. “She appeared scared,” he told the officers.

As Aguilar opened an access door, the woman “came running down the stairs screaming incoherantly,” Klein said.

Behind her was Mazi, “covered in what appeared to be blood and holding a 10-inch kitchen knife in an aggressive manner,” he said.

After his partners dragged the woman from the doorway, Aguilar drew his service weapon and ordered Mazi to drop the weapon several times, Klein said.

Mazi, a Detroit native who most recently worked as a concierge in the Bronx, was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with aggravated assault and weapon possession. The woman wasn’t harmed.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy LITTLE FERRY PD

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