Cop sues NFL player arrested at O.B. bar

By sue m. morgan
Staff Writer

Cop sues NFL player arrested at O.B. bar

By sue m. morgan

Staff Writer

OLD BRIDGE — A township police officer who was injured when he attempted to apprehend a Buffalo Bills football player during a fracas in the parking lot of a Route 35 go-go bar in July has filed suit against his assailant.

Officer Robert Kurzydlowski filed the pain and suffering lawsuit against Charlie Rogers, 26, a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills and former football star at Matawan Regional High School, in state Superior Court in New Brunswick, according to Edward R. Weinstein, an East Brunswick-based attorney representing the officer.

Kurzydlowski is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages for the physical injuries he sustained in the altercation with Rogers, Weinstein said. Although the officer has returned to work following a medical leave of absence last summer, he is still receiving clinical treatment for his injuries, the attorney added.

"We don’t know (yet) what the full extent of the damages will be," Weinstein told Greater Media Newspapers this week.

The criminal charges against Rogers lodged in connection with the July 13 incident — aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct — are still pending, Weinstein said.

Kurzydlowski sustained a sprained rotator cuff, separated shoulder and injuries to his neck and chest after the 5-foot-9, 177-pound Rogers punched him in the left shoulder and elbowed him in the chest as the officer attempted to apprehend him during the altercation in the parking lot of the After Dark Gentlemen’s Club in Laurence Harbor, police reports indicate.

The patrolman, accompanied by Officer Steve Connolly, went to the go-go bar after a club manager reported a large fight in the parking lot following the establishment’s 3 a.m. closing, according to police.

When police arrived at the bar, located at Route 35 and Greenwood Avenue, they observed as many as 20 people gathered in the parking lot. Because the nightclub had closed for business, the officers ordered the crowd to disperse.

Reports indicate that Rogers, who reportedly appeared intoxicated, refused to leave the premises even after police repeatedly told him to do so. He then reportedly charged at Kurzydlowski and punched him.

As Kurzydlowski tried to arrest Rogers, the football player reportedly verbally threatened him and elbowed him in the chest. When Connolly stepped in to assist, Rogers struggled with both officers, reports indicate.

Rogers’ female companion — Tayeshia Guarrielo, 31, of Edgewater, Bergen County — was also arrested in the fracas and charged with hindering apprehension after she allegedly jumped on another officer’s back while police were trying to arrest the football player, reports state.

Police said they were able to handcuff Rogers only after dousing him with pepper spray. During the struggle, he reportedly verbally threatened police.

Following the struggle, Kurzydlowski was transported to Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge division, for treatment of his injuries, according to police reports. He was treated and released later that day.

A female representative who answered the telephone at the Buffalo Bills’ media relations department refused to comment. The woman said to direct any inquiries about the lawsuit to Rogers’ agent; however, she refused to name the agent.

After Dark is also named as a party in the suit, Weinstein said. The bar had its liquor license renewed by the Township Council six days prior to the altercation, on the condition that its management increase security in its parking lot.