BRADLEY BEACH — A public works employee was punched in the face by a beachgoer at the Second Avenue Beach in Bradley Beach on Aug. 3 at about 2:26 p.m. Police said that Thomas Jesselli, 54, of Staten Island, NY was charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. The victim’s name was not released by police, but they did confirm that he worked for the department of public works, and was “assaulted unprovoked,” according to Det. Ted Bianchi. Eight officers responded to the call according to police. Det. Bianchi said “Whenever we have an incident on the beach we try to send as many officers as possible, especially when you’re talking about a fight possibly. We don’t know how large a fight may be.” Charges are filed by the police department as the defendant was arrested on the scene by Officer Justin Poblete. According to Chief of Police Leonard Guida, the incident was “definitely not routine,” and said “this is definitely not a normal thing here in Bradley Beach.”
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