LONGPORT — A Longport Drive woman was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 22, after police say she attacked a demolition contractor with a baseball bat.
Police charged Susan Venesz, 63, of Longport, with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and resisting arrest.
The arrest was a result of a dispute between Venesz and a demolition contractor delivering equipment. Venesz had called police to request construction be stopped, but Sgt. Pierce Shaud and Patrolman Frank Lupperger, who responded to the call, determined the contractor was not violating any time restrictions for construction.
After she was told there was no violation, Venesz threatened to go outside with a baseball bat and a dog to confront the contractor, police said.
When they arrived at the scene, officers saw Venesz arguing with the contractor while swinging a baseball bat with one hand and holding a leashed dog in the other.
The victim reported he was struck by the bat and had recorded the confrontation on his cellphone, on which Venesz could be heard threatening the victim. After being told she was being arrested, Venesz attempted to flee into her home and then physically resisted both officers, who ultimately took Venesz into custody.
Venesz was taken to the Longport Police Department, where she was processed and later released from custody on a summons pending court.