Port Authority officer attacked at Newark airport; 2 arrested

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Katrina Dansby (left) and Nephatira Dansby

NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) -- A mother and daughter were arrested Thursday at Newark airport, accused of attacking a Port Authority police officer.

Katrina Dansby, 41, and Nephatira Dansby, 24, both of East Orange, N.J., were arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of administrative law, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, a uniformed officer ordered a vehicle blocking two lanes of traffic outside Terminal A at Newark airport to move, according to a statement from Port Authority police.

When the officer approached the vehicle and signaled the driver to move to the curb, the driver began to shout and curse at the officer, and refused to move, the statement said.

When the officer went to the driver's side window and requested the driver's license and registration, the suspect opened the driver's side door, striking the officer. According to police, the officer told the driver to remain in her car, but the driver pushed her way out and grabbed the officer's arms and face.

The driver's mother arrived at that point, the statement said, and grabbed the officer while the driver punched the officer with her fists.

Additional Port Authority police officers arrived and placed the suspects under arrest.

The officer was taken to Trinitas Hospital and treated for trauma to her face and her knee.