GLOVERSVILLE — A school resource officer arrested a sex offender on the grounds of an elementary school Thursday morning and suffered a broken hand during the struggle, police said.
The officer, who was not named in the press release, was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.
Mark J. Aldi II, 32, of Gloversville, now faces one count of second-degree assault, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass, according to police.
The incident happened at about 8 a.m. on the grounds of McNab Elementary School, police said. The officer spotted Aldi and recognized him as someone prohibited from being on school grounds, due to his status as a sex offender and prior instructions not to be on school grounds.
The officer approached and ordered Aldi to leave. When he refused, the officer told Aldi he was under arrest. Aldi then took off running, police said. The officer then caught and apprehended Aldi, police said.
Gloversville schools Superintendent David Halloran issued a letter to parents on the district’s website about the incident.
“Throughout this brief incident, the district took appropriate care of the safety of students by our staff to remove as many students from the area as possible,” Halloran wrote. “The safety of district students and staff is our utmost priority, and we commend the Gloversville Police Department and BOCES staff for its prompt and professional response to this incident.”
Aldi was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail.