North Arlington NJ Dec 7 2016 Four off-duty Belleville police officers were arrested Monday in connection with an alleged fight in October at a bar in North Arlington, authorities said.
Police Officers John Clarizio, 32, Marco Zarfino, 24, Jesse McKeough, 28, and Giovanni Casillo, 39, were arrested after the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the officers were part of a brawl with patrons in October, officials said. Vasilos Theofanidis, 39, was the lone civilian arrested in the scuffle.
On Oct. 31, at about 1 a.m., police from Lyndhurst and North Arlington arrived at the bar after a physical altercation occurred inside involving the officers, officials said. Security was able to escort the civilians and the off-duty officers outside, but the fight continued. Belleville police say Pourhouse 17 is where the incident took place.
One victim, a civilian, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with minor injuries as a result of the fight, authorities said. The person was later released.
At the time of the fight, no one was charged, authorities said. But the investigation revealed that Clarizio lied to a Lyndhurst police officer who was at the scene.
Clarizio was charged with one count of hindering apprehension and one count of simple assault, authorities said. Zarfino was charged with two counts of simple assault. McKeough and Casillo were charged with one count of simple assault.
Theofanidis, who works as a pool technician, was charged with one count of simple assault, authorities said.
All four police officers were suspended without pay, said Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini.
"They'll have their day in court, and then we'll deal with the administrative charges after that," Minichini said.
All five were released and their next court date is Dec. 14, authorities said.