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Cops: Man Smashes Victim's Car Window for 'Scaring' Girlfriend

Road rage incident in Clinton Township spurs altercation between two men in Califon, police said.

A Califon man was arrested Wednesday after police said he smashed someone’s car window with an aluminum bat for scaring his girlfriend.

Washington Township police responded to a Califon Borough home for a report of a physical dispute between two men in the driveway at about 11:40 a.m., Lt. Mark Niemynski said. When police arrived, they found the victim, who said the altercation stemmed from an incident in Clinton Township, Niemynski said.

The victim told police he was run off the road by a vehicle, causing him to damage property, Niemynski said. The victim then got back on the road and followed the other vehicle all the way back to Califon, Niemynski said.

When the vehicles came to a stop at the home, the victim was met by the other driver’s boyfriend, James Sapio, 53, who confronted him with an aluminum bat, Niemynski said. Sapio then smashed in the victim’s rear window with the bat as retaliation for “scaring” his girlfriend, Niemynski said.

Sapio continued to “wave the bat at the victim and walk him down the road,” according to the police report.

Sapio was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

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