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The suspect accused of ramming a NJ Transit police automotive into the Hoboken Terminal earlier this week hung out in Rockland County jail for assault, officers stated.

Santiago Brito-Avalos, forty six, took a practice from Suffern to the Hoboken Terminal on Monday, checked a number of NJ Transit police automobiles till he discovered one which was unlocked with the keys within the door console and drove it right into a set of doorways resulting in the terminal’s ready space, Jim Smith, a NJ Transit spokesman, advised the North Jersey Report. Nobody was injured.

He has not been in courtroom in New Jersey but, based on the Hudson County prosecutor’s workplace. 

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 (Photo: Suffern police)

Less than two years earlier — in June 2016 — Brito-Avalos was arrested in Suffern after police said he grabbed a 74-year-old church attendant at the Sacred Heart Church, and then chocked, punched and kicked him several times.

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He then threw a statue through a 75-year-old stained-glass window and dared police to shoot him before he was stopped with a Taser, police said.

He was originally charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and criminal mischief, along with a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault and a violation count of second-degree harassment.

He pleaded guilty to the top charge of second-degree assault and was sentenced to a year in jail. He served 245 days before being released on March 29, 2017. 

The Journal News/lohud reporter Matt Spillane and the North Jersey Record contributed to this report. 

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