A city man charged with attacking a state trooper was captured on Friday afternoon after he failed to appear in New Jersey Superior Court for sentencing, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Ariel Acosta, 29-year-old, was arrested at 549 Summer Street at around 4:45 p.m. He was wanted on two active sentencing warrants for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and heroin distribution, authorities said.
Detective sergeant Raphael Garcia, detective corporal Joseph Cammisa, detectives Rashedul Chowdhury, and John Tolerico arrested Acosta while on warrant patrol in Paterson, Berdnik said.
Acosta is facing a six-year prison sentence for trying to run over a New Jersey State Police detective at the shopping mall parking lot on Chamberlain Avenue and West Broadway in 2012.
The detective fired a single shot striking Acosta in the upper left chest area. The detective was struck in the right leg by Acosta’s vehicle, authorities said at the time.
Authorities said Acosta’s sentencing was on September 23, 2016, but he failed to show up to the Passaic County Courthouse. He is being held at the Passaic County Jail pending sentencing, authorities said.