Trenton police officer injured when man tries to escape holding cell

TRENTON — A Trenton police officer was injured Friday night when a man tried to escape a holding cell.

Brandon Phoenix, 28, of Trenton, was being placed inside a cell at police headquarters when he tried to force his way out as the door was closing, said Lt. Stephen Varn.

As police worked to get him back inside, one of the officers got his wrist trapped between the door and frame and had to be taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton for treatment, Varn said.

Phoenix, who was arrested following a dispute with his ex-girlfriend, is charged with simple assault, obstructing the administration of the law, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Varn said Phoenix and the woman were arguing over personal matters when he began hitting her face and neck with a closed fist.

He fled, but returned a short time later with a kitchen knife while police were on scene investigating, Varn said. Phoenix threw the knife into an empty lot when the officers confronted him, but he was placed under arrest.

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