I remember an incident on Chancellor avenue
opposite Chancellor School that occurred in 1963 at Dave's Hotdog
Haven, particularly their assault and contemplative murder of Dave
Aronow, a good friend.
I was driving my car on Chancellor, just pulling over on the opposite
side of Hot Dog Haven when I saw a crowd or about 45 people. Then
I saw Dave running out of his store with a person, about 28 years
old, chasing him from the store along with three other males. They
got Dave against the tree just outside and as I was getting out
of the car Dave saw me he called for help. I ran over, identified
myself as a Newark Detective. The bad guy said I am going to kill
him (meaning Dave) and then I am going to kill you.
By then I was next to Dave at the tree, I swung at the perp and
hit him in the face and he went down fast. I didn't pull my pistol
because I knew the others were in a close position to take me down
and get my gun. However, as luck had it, (I went to Temple that
morning) none of them charged me. I told the crossing guard to get
on the corner police box and tell the desk Lt "assist officer"
and give the location. She told me the district car was at the airport
for security because Vice President Nixon was landing. I held the
perp against a car, just waiting to grabbed by his friends. They
didn't come near me. Finally, car 52 arrived and took him to the
precinct to be booked.
What a day that was. And I missed my hot dog.