A Teaneck man has been arrested on aggravated assault, gun possession and other charges for allegedly smashing the windows of a New Jersey children’s ward with a hammer while terrified patients and medical personnel barricaded themselves inside.
Camwren Cole first entered the office complex on Palisade Avenue around noon Sunday and began smashing the windows of Riverside Pediatrics, police said the next day. Responding officers did not immediately see him at the scene.
Then the officers got another call about a hammer attack — this time at Parisian Cleaners on Cedar Lane. Responding officers found Cole there and arrested him without incident. They say he appeared to be showing signs of mental illness and was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.
One injury was reported in the chaos: a receptionist from the children’s agency who was hit in the nose with a shard of glass as the windows shattered. She is expected to be okay.
Cole remains in custody while being treated at Holy Name Medical Center, officials said. Once acquitted, he will be turned over to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, pending a first appearance in Superior Court.
It wasn’t immediately clear Monday afternoon whether Cole had hired a lawyer.