Man Pointed Gun at Cops, Resisted Arrest, Police Say

Guns, drugs found in Hopatcong home Tuesday evening, authorities report.

A Hopactong man was sent to jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after pointing a handgun at a police officer during a search of his home, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said.

Police went to Carentan Road to serve a temporary restraining order on Dennis Nayman, 60, at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Kmetz said. The order came with a search warrant for potential weapons and allowed the officers to conduct a search of Nayman’s home, Kmetz said.

When police asked Nayman to hand over any weapons, he didn’t cooperate, Kmetz said. Officer Bill Sutphen then went with Nayman back to a bedroom in the home, where the resident quickly went toward a nightstand and grabbed a small glass marijuana pipe and shoved it under his pillow, Kmetz said.

At the same time, Nayman had grabbed a handgun and turned toward Sutphen, pointing the firearm at the officer, Kmetz said. Sutphen, who was already going after Nayman’s hands, knocked the gun to the ground and tackled the homeowner onto the bed, Kmetz said.

A group of officers assisted in arresting Nayman, who resisted before being fully restrained, Kmetz said.

A subsequent search of the home yielded a double barreled shotgun, an air rifle, a bayonet, a pump shotgun, a loaded 9 millimeter handgun, a box of several 9 millimeter hollow point bullets, several marijuana smoking pipes, rolling papers and a bag of marijuana, Kmetz said.

Nayman was treated for cuts to his arms as a result of the struggle during the arrest, Kmetz said. He also complained of back and neck pain and was taken to the hospital. He was charged and processed after being released.

Nayman was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, resisting arrest, possession of prohibited weapons and devices, hindering, obstruction, possession of controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nayman was lodged in Sussex County Jail.

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Crazy_Diamond March 07, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I take offense to this "Shine On"
Crazy_Diamond March 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
you live in town?
Kevin Sherlock March 07, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Great job Officer Sutphen!! And HPD!!! Thank God things turned out like they did. His father is (or was) a miserable scumbag. I hope he is still alive to see the results of his upbringing. Again, the rotten apple didn't fall far from the tree...
Police Corruption In "Hopatcong" March 07, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Ok lets take a step back Hopatcong,u prob don't know this guy, Don't judge until proven guilty by a court of Law,innocent until proven guilty! Just because they chose to do a press release be it in the paper or on FB,Does'nt Prove he's guilty plain and simple!! thats why we have the justice system people!!!
Kevin Sherlock March 07, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Youre right. I never met the man or said that he was guilty of anything. I just said thank God that things turned out like they did. But I did know his father and he was a miserable scumbag. Have a nice weekend!!!
Clay Thomas March 08, 2013 at 12:08 AM
The quotation "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet and it sure seems to apply here. You are certainly welcome to draw your own conclusions but “Something’s rotten in Hopatcong”which is kinda stolen from Shakespeare!
Police Corruption In "Hopatcong" March 08, 2013 at 01:46 AM
"Let he be without sin cast the first Stone!! People have a right to live wherever they want!! Be it Newark or Hopatcong!! If people are so conscerned about cleaning up this town(Hopatcong) Do something about it!! Go to a Town Council meeting Get involved Or Shut up and get back in Your Shack by the lake!!
Phantom March 08, 2013 at 02:59 AM
The Hills are transient? Yeah lets see anyone who lives here try to get out. You can't no matter how much you try. Doesn't sound very transient to me. Guess you rich folk up in Elba point finally got some trash your way. Hopatcong as a whole is disgusting. Lets not make this about the rich or poor side of town. The rich side of town isn't rich, you're just slightly less poor than the poor side. Glad to finally know the Hills residents aren't the only people who have to be surrounded by scum.
Jessica March 08, 2013 at 04:26 AM
You all make me sick. With your bickering about how much you hate this town. Get out then. You say you can't but no one is keeping you here. There are always options. You are just too busy complaining to take action. There are plenty of ways to make this town great get involved.
john cable March 08, 2013 at 05:12 AM
My man police corruption in hopatcong! Granted sutpfag I mean sutphen didn't kill dude but he did restrain him..but come on we all know how corrupt these pigs are. Biggest drug bust in town 25 arrested how many see state prison? How many see probation. 23 out of 25 get probation only reason other 2 goin to state prison is bc they got caught again but that's on them...thank god for due process and are so called legal system at its finest. What would we do without the supercops in this town. My drugbust made there careers and for what? Ppl to get probation and do it all again...once again congrats htowns sloppiest, I mean finest.
jazzman March 08, 2013 at 12:01 PM
lets brake it down.....1 aggravated assualt = May or may have not pointed a gun in the general direction of the officers on scene,2 prossesion of a weapon for unlawful purposes = unregistered weapon, in the state of NJ that sounds like the norm,3 resisting arrest = he may have or may have not tighted up while attempting to securing the subject,4 processing of prohibited weapons and devices = omg its the end of the world hollow point bullets,5 hindering and obstruction = attempted to hind his smoking pipe under his pillow,6 processing of a control dangerous substance = little bag of weed man,and finally 7 prossessing of drug paraphernalia = that Gdam pipe that started the whole thing!
S. Murray March 08, 2013 at 02:17 PM
jazzman March 08, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Sutphen turns them all into snitches causing the revolving door affect,which leads to awards ceremonies with the mayor,more promotions,overtimes, pension packing and costing the tax payers more money then its even worth,but thats your currupt NJ and its courts system,family court judges to criminal court judges,and proscutors to lawyers all some how conspiring together with just the nods and winks
speedyspeed March 08, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Most of us probably would leave if our property value hadn't taken a 40% hit over the past 4 years. Plenty of people HAVE left, and their credit probably got trashed because of it, all you have to do is look at all the empty houses around town. Those of us who refuse to trash our credit or who have our houses paid off and refuse to take the $100K+ loss are stuck here.
Super Irrelevant Man March 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Does anyone have a good recipe for banana bread?
Frazure March 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
SUPER - This is what I use - ain't bad. Sometimes I had chopped walnuts to give it more of a kick. INGREDIENTS 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup) 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour METHOD No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve
Observer March 08, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I’ve heard that banana bread is a great cure for the munchies! A little early in the day don’t you think?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 09, 2013 at 12:35 AM
I wonder what he is going to plead?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 09, 2013 at 12:44 AM
So the cops came to serve him a restraining order. Ok. Why the search warrant? What are the other details that are not reported here. Unless in this state when you are served a restraining order your not allowed to have guns, so the cops look you up and see if you have any registered weapons, then get a search warrant to search for them, then enter your house unannounced, and ask you where the weapons are so you go to your night stand and get it and hand it to the cop and he knocks it out of your hand and tackles you, it hurts alot because you are 60 years old and can't bend like you used to, so the cop decides to call that resisting arrest, because you can't bend your arm behind your back, it just won't go, and you are still wondering why the hell they are there anyway.
Frazure March 09, 2013 at 01:50 PM
When I used the word "transient" in regard to the Hills, I was referring to the many run down shacks owned by slumlords that refuse to maintain and keep them in good repair and rent them out to the first unstable moron that can come up with security and a months rent - the turnover rate is high and these dumps just continually recycle. There are plenty of well kept homes in the Hills, with their owners residing in them - I meant no reference to them, I would bet they know the neighboring dumps I am referring to and its unfortunate for them that they have to put up with it.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 09, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Frazure, you can actually blame the government for the condition of the rentals. I bought a dump in morristown to rent. I kicked out the day laborers that lived there gutted the place, put all new electrical, plumbing, windows, siding floors, everything. Then I started looking for high status renters. I found them. I started looking for the next dump. then.... My new tax bill came. 26% higher, property maintenance inspectors showed up fineing me for not getting a certifciate of habitability before my new tenant moved in. Which I already just got a CO not long ago. But they wanted more money, so they fined me 300 dollars plus 120 dollars for an inspection. So the next time the old moved out and new moved in, i called them to come out and inspect again. he came and fined me again 300 dollars, a day in court, and i had to pay 120 for the inspection. Why, because he said the new tenants must have slept in here before he inspected, so he fined me for that. All my extra money i had planned to keep for up keep and maintenance is just going to the useless town thugs. I stopped my investment in morristown.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 09, 2013 at 02:17 PM
the name of the inspector was Mark King. You can tell he is a rascist. He doesn't like asians and white people with money. He does everything he can to exert his authority and take their money. I let him by for now, but the next incident I am going after him and his job. He is making errors in judgement. Basically i am giving him plenty of rope to do himself in. He is going to tangle himself all in it. he is not real bright.
Rick March 09, 2013 at 10:55 PM
If the pd had informed him if the process and explained what was going to happen, this could have been handled better. PD entering your home is offensive and needs to be handled as such. Why was the man walking around without supervision???? Big mistake. Don't be such a glory hound looking to save the day by instigating a problem. It was a warrent and all weapons would be taken until the matter was resolved and the pipe if not listen on the warrent had no bearing as it is not what they have been sent to obtain. Handled properly the man should have been asked to sit observed while police inspected each area of the home for weapons including any loaded firearms which is not illegal and makes good spence for a man to protect his home. His action that brought the restraining order and search as well as his desicion to grab a gun where poor choices but lets not pretend there was nothing to learn from the situation.
Observer March 10, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Where did all these "jail house" lawyers come from? From personal experience, it seems.
Kellie Schmidt Battaglia March 10, 2013 at 03:00 AM
The state of NJ has very strict limitations on the possession of hollow point bullets. What I took away from the story was that these were what led to the charges of possession of prohibited weapons and devices. The search warrant itself was for guns, so a judge did find sufficient evidence to exist to allow the search and seizure.
Kellie Schmidt Battaglia March 10, 2013 at 03:54 AM
No. He has the right to due process, not do process.
jazzman March 10, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Sometimes making observations more a learning experiece then having actually making the personal one,as it was with Ricks comment a personal one,for me now a great learning experience as to curruption and how far they will go,now his experiece can be used right here in our little town,where ever you go the acts are always the same just a different venue,studing human behaviors thats my thing and i can only do that with shared experieces and Observation,we have more Buffs then jail houses
S. Murray March 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
WELL...at least this is a new name being arrested and NOT THE SAME SURNAME WE ALL SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
The Watcher March 10, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Perhaps you should read the "Patriot Act"
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 10, 2013 at 07:56 PM
There is nothing like starting a fire, grabbing a fire extinguisher, putting it out and the accepting a medal for the deed.


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