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Bail jumper claimed to be taking sick child to hospital, Port Authority police charge

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

BEYOND BERGEN: A Jersey City woman ended up in the county jail after trying to avoid being arrested on a warrant by claiming she was taking her child to the hospital, Port Authority police said.

Officers stopped the woman’s black sedan last night at 16th Street and Jersey Avenue for a suspended registration, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said this morning.

Asked for her license and registration, 23-year-old Tatina Sapp “said she had no identification and that she was trying to take her child to the hospital due to the fact that the child had ‘a fever’,” he said.

Officers summoned EMS workers who determined the child was OK.

After Sapp provided a bogus date of birth, the officers determined her true identity — and discovered an active warrant out of Jersey City, Pentangelo said.

She cursed as she was being arrested, “indicating that she already had a resisting charge,” while punching and kicking the officers, he said.

Sapp was being held on $15,000 bail in the Hudson County Correctional Center, charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering apprehension and bail jumping.

The child was in the care of another family member, Pentangelo said.


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