An Elmwood Park man faces terrorism charges Thursday after police said he threatened violence at a tranquil Fair Lawn sleep center and then assaulted the officer who arrived to arrest him.
Sarat Atluri, 35, hurled violent threats at a group of people in the Comprehensive Sleep Center on Broadway Wednesday afternoon and then pushed the officer who confronted him as he was fleeing the scene, police said.
Atluri was charged with terrorism, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. He was charged under the terrorism statute because five or more people were present during Wednesday's incident, police said.
Lt. Brian LaRosa said Atluri entered the sleep center just after 3 p.m., made a terroristic threat and then left the premises and headed to his car in the parking lot.
Officer Brian Rypkema, who was first on the scene, confronted Alturi as he attempted to pull his car out of the Broadway Medical Building parking lot, LaRosa said.
When Rypkema ordered Atluri out of his vehicle, Atluri allegedly revved his engine at the officer and a struggle ensued while he was being placed under arrest, LaRosa said.
He was taken into custody and later transported to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.
For now, Atluri's relationship to the sleep center and the circumstances of his alleged outburst there remain unclear. The Center's administrator declined comment on the incident.
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