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Woman Bites Glen Rock Officer in Struggle, Police Say

A pair are facing charges of aggravated assault on an officer related to an alleged school bus break-in on Friday morning.

A officer suffered two human bite wounds attempting to arrest a pair of suspects alleged to have broken into a school bus early Friday morning, authorities said Monday.

Glen Rock Police Cpt. Jonathan Miller said Ptl. Robert Surdyka at 3 a.m., Friday, June 22 responded to an alarm set off by a school bus being broken into at Central School. Surdyka spotted a woman, identified as Marie Ramsawak, 24, of Yonkers, hiding in the bushes and gave chase when the suspect fled, Miller told Patch Monday morning.

"He was able to grab her on Bedford Place. When he went to stop her and talk to her, she began fighting with him," Miller said. Police said as Surdyka was attempting to subdue Ramsawak, her male friend, identified as 23-year-old Glen Rock resident Thomas Brande, emerged from the bushes. 

"He yelled to get off of her and then grabbed the officer by the arm and the shirt in attempting to let her go," Miller said. Police claim Surdyka held Ramsawak by one arm as he struggled with Brande with the other.

"The female bit him on the left index finger and the top of the left hand, breaking the skin," Miller said. "He also jammed his thumb in the struggle."

Ridgewood and Glen Rock officers responded to the call for assistance and took both into custody. They were charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, hindering arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer. No items from the school bus were believed to be stolen or damaged, Miller said.

Both suspects were both released on their own recognizance. Their court date is scheduled in Glen Rock for June 26. Surdyka was treated at Valley Hospital for bite wounds. He received a tetanus shot and antibiotics. He has returned to duty, Miller said.

Correction: The incident took place at Central School.

jp1 June 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
If this was NYC the woman would have been shot.
Rock June 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Those are mug shots ?
Elizabeth Cox June 25, 2012 at 07:11 PM
can't believe they were realeased- umm trip to bergen pines maybe was in order-
Paul June 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thank Goodness they didn't blow their noses on that police man!
Harlan Consider June 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Damn. Those teeth look like they can pack quite a bite!
J.C. Lee June 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
OK, they broke into a school bus? Were they looking for a juice box or some old gum under the seat, maybe a dental retainer? And did you catch at the size of that cop? How could she think biting him was going to end well? All joking aside kudos to the officer for his restraint, I don’t think either of these smiling felons were much of a match for him. You could not pay me enough to do his job!
Lisa Ertle June 26, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Isn't there perfectly good stuff to burglarize in Yonkers?
James Kleimann June 26, 2012 at 07:02 AM
I've deleted a few comments, guys. Please avoid personal attacks.
Jenny Any June 26, 2012 at 09:54 AM
or a trip to detox. those eyes say tell the whole story.
jp1 June 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Why were they released on no bail for resisting and assault on a police officer?
Chris Cortazzo June 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Yeah, to mess with that officer, they must have been very high.
Bert Drizz June 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
cops are friends, not food.
Bo June 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM
The officer showed a great deal of restraint in not using the force he by all means would have been within his rights to have used. Excellent job Ptl. Surdyka.
Craig Hueneke June 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Good Job Officer.. But I am sure no one would of cared if you punched a hole in their faces! What's with the Chuck E. Cheese smiles in their mug shots? See that is EXACTLY why "Dumb and Dumber" here would make great test subjects on the effects of constant and long term jolts from a tazer-gun.. (and the occasional role as "the fleeing criminal" for "Gunther" the German Shepard police dog to "jog down" and chew on for a bit!). WOOF!!
Craig Hueneke June 27, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Harlan....THAT WAS FUNNY!! LMAO!!!! "Helllooo.......... I'm Mister Ed.."

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