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Cops: School custodian charged with assault

A custodian at a Massapequa School District campus was arrested Friday after he threatened administrators over a portable radio system, Nassau police said.

Police said Angelo Tenace, 51, of Shirley started making "overt remarks" on the handheld radio around 4 p.m. at the Hawthorne School, at 200 Second Ave. The school, owned by the Massapequa district, is being rented and used by the Nassau County Police Academy.

Tenace failed to comply when two school administrators told him to stop making the threats, police said. He then threatened to burn the two with a lit cigarette and struggled with them, striking one in the head with his fist and knocking the other to the ground. Police then arrested Tenace.

After the scuffle the 44-year-old administrator complained of pain in his right hand and knee, and the 41-year-old administrator who was hit in the head complained of blurred vision, dizziness and disorientation, police said. Both were treated at a hospital, police said.

Police said Tenace also had two switchblade knives.

Tenace, of 13 Loughlin Dr., was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree assault and third-degree menacing. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Saturday and is being held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond in the Nassau jail.

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