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Men From New City, West Nyack Charged In Fight With Police Outside Nyack Bar

Orangetown police officer injured

Two 20-year-old men who used ID belonging to other people to get into a Nyack bar are accused of getting into a clash with police officers on Main Street that left one cop injured early Saturday morning, according to Orangetown police.

Dominic Campitiello of 3 Theresa Drive, West Nyack, and Peter A. Rutigliano of 58 New Hempstead Road, New City, were arrested after police went to investigate a disturbance at 2:40 a.m. in front of the at 102 Main St. Police said the men were arguing with staff members and that as officers tried to separate the men Campitiello became aggressive with the town officers.

Police said that as officers attempted to arrest Campitiello he pulled away and ran off along Main Street. Police chased and caught Campitiello a short distance away, but police said Campitiello then fought with the town officers.

As cops were attempting to put handcuffs on Campitiello, police said Rutigliano came from behind the officers and tried to prevent them from arresting his friend, Campitiello. This led to Retigliano’s arrest.

Police said that during the struggle with Campitiello a town officer received a cut on his left hand and sustained bruising and swelling to his right knee requiring treatment at Nyack Hospital.

As police were trying to identify the men, both were found to have driver’s licenses that belonged to other people — which police said the pair used to get into the Pour House.

Campitiello is charged with assault on a police officer, a felony, resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct, a violation, and with being under 21 and using fraudulent means to purchase alcohol.

Rutigliano is charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and with being under 21 and using fraudulent means to purchase alcohol.

Campitiello was arraigned in Nyack Village Court by Judge Robert S. Knoebel and later released when family members posted $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 17.

Rutigliano was released on $200 bail pending a Feb. 7 Village Court hearing.   

BenRound January 09, 2012 at 03:14 AM
You took the time to register the self serving moniker, "Harvard Grad 78. You took the time to log on and question overhead as to why people comment on other peoples troubles. You went as far as to hypothesize another "real" side to the story must exist and insinuated that the officers created their own version of reality as "nobody is going to believe two twenty year olds. You throw out the absurd notion that twenty year olds are incapable of violence and that police officers who are unable to arrest them Hollywood style are incompetent. You accuse and scold the author (this is not a pay site I might add) for writing an article using dramatic license. Finally, you slight all other posters for having the gall to sit at a computer and pass judgement on others. I have an opinion of people like you, but I won't waste time stating it.
Phil Costa January 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Assaulting a Police Officer is not a "Mistake", it is a FELONY. Effecting a lawful arrest and defending your personal safety in the line of duty is not doing "what you please"; it is often a every day occurance for Police Officers. Few professions have the rules and constant oversight of Law Enforcement. Nothing in those rules require them to get hurt while doing their job. It is evident by your comments you have never arrested a person who is intoxicated and combative. Age of the person is not a factor as to the resistance displayed. It is highly likely these Officers were hurt because of restraint on their part not required by law, but expected by today's political climate. I have "been there and done that", and it is obivious that You have not. As they say-Walk a mile in their shoes!
MA January 09, 2012 at 03:37 AM
@Harvard Grad 78 how was the reporter being dramatic? As for believing two twenty year olds, it's difficult not to quesion their honesty when they've used false identification for an illegal act. No judgement, merely an observation. This board may be construed as gossiping by you (by today's standards this is "social media", isn't it?) but I don't think that you can characterize it as a "mishap" when you intentionally, consciously and willfully do something illegal.
Harvard Grad 78 January 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
BenRound, I suppose you know the "real" story, which I know you do not. Never did I once "throw out the absurd notion that twenty year olds are incapable of violence" since I do know they are capable. "Police officers who are unable to arrest them Hollywood style"... I expect trained police officers to be able to handle twenty year old kid, I do not know where you got all this Hollywood style non-sense from. Thanks for your input tho.
Lori January 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I would like to know if this is their first time "in trouble with the law" I think not. Lets get tough Judge!!!!

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