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On March 31, 2019 at approximately 9:44 pm, Lower Township Police 911 received a report of a suspicious person throwing items at a residence on Oregon Avenue. Upon arrival, Patrol Officer William “Billy” Kocis was advised by the complainant that a small-framed, possibly Hispanic male, wearing a black t-shirt with a white Nike symbol on it, was throwing items at her residence.
Patrol Officer Kocis investigated the damage to the woman’s residence and radioed the description of the individual to Cape May County Dispatch. Shortly after leaving the woman’s Oregon Avenue residence, PO Kocis located an individual matching the given description walking in the area of States and Tennessee Avenue, a short distance from the original complaint.
PO Kocis exited his marked patrol vehicle and attempted to investigate further by speaking to the individual. The unidentified male refused to speak with the officer and attempted to walk away. As PO Kocis continued to question the suspect, the subject, who was later identified as Zachary “Zach” Piccioni, 21, of the Villas, lunged at Kocis and slashed at his abdomen area with a large knife. Kocis was able to avoid being cut as he stepped back and drew his duty weapon.
Piccioni then walked away from the officer, initially continuing to hold the knife. Kocis continuously ordered Piccioni to show his hands and to stop and drop his weapon. Piccioni finally partially relented, dropping the knife but fleeing on foot.
Additional responding officers assisted in attempting to locate the suspect, who had jumped a fence heading north and then east towards a wooded area. Details of the suspect’s clothing description and direction of travel were updated over the police radio. Officers searching parallel streets to the north were able to locate the suspect on Greenwood Avenue. Patrol Supervisor, then-Corporal-now-Sergeant Ryan Hansberry, arrived on scene as officers located the suspect.
Piccioni continued to be uncooperative, refusing to take his hand out of his pocket. Officers successfully rushed their suspect, apprehending him without any injuries, though with an astonishing abundance of high-pitched screaming.
Piccioni was transported to Lower Township Police Headquarters, where he was evaluated by Lower Township Rescue. He was processed and subsequently charged with Title 2C:12-1B(7) Aggravated Assault; 2C:39-4D, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose; 2C: 39-5D, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; 2C:29-2A(3)A Resisting Arrest by Physical Force; 2C:29-2A(2) Resisting Arrest; and 2C:17-3A(1) Criminal Mischief.
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