Massapequa School Custodian Charged With Assaulting Administrators at Police Academy

Custodian also accused of making threats over radio.

A custodian for the assaulted two district administrators after they confronted him about making threats over a portable radio system Friday, Nassau Police said.

Angelo Tenace, 51, of Shirley, was working at the Hawthorne School facility, which is owned by the school district but is currently being used as the Nassau County Police Academy, when he allegedly broadcast his threats over a frequency used by the district.

The custodian was angry that someone had taken his picture while he was asleep and he said, over the radio, he was "going to get whoever did it," according to a police source.

When two Massapequa school administrators came to the Academy at about 4:15 p.m. to confront him, Tenace became angry and waved a lit cigarette in one of their faces.

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The unidentified 41-year-old administrator avoided the cigarette, but Tenace punched him in the head, cops said. He later complained of blurred vision, dizziness and disorientation.

A 44-year-old administrator tried to intervene, but was knocked to the ground, hurting his right hand and knee. They were treated at a local hospital and released.

Police arrested Tenace and said he was carrying two switchblades on him.

He was charged with assault, menacing and weapons possession.

A spokeswoman for the district did not immediately return a call for comment.

Cathy May 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Well i guess im glad hes at the academy & not the schools. At least the cops can take care of him. Makes me wonder what he gets paid to sleep on the job & if there are backround checks to see if the employees have rage issues
G.Cesario May 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Also makes me wonder if there are any other 'loose screwballs' walking the corridors of the schools!!!!
G.Cesario May 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM
............and now we know why these people can only get jobs as custodians.............probably working off hours when students are not around!!!!
rudy 2 May 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM
give him a raise his union say's so! tax payer gonna pay for this law suit too?
kelly landy May 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
kvml one bad apple doesnt spoil the bunch, these are hard working men providing for their families. not all people can say that!
kelly landy May 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch. These are hard working men providing for their families. not all people can say that!
Art May 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
but unlike the union, one can take the rotten apple and put it in the garbage where it belongs...
Anastasia Steele May 21, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Couldn't agree with you more Kelly Landy! One bad apple DOES NOT spoil the bunch. There are some great people that work in the Massapequa School District dealing with all of the bratty children in our community. Don't be rude people. Let's go Chiefs.
BeckyJoshRosasmom May 21, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Spot on Kelly Landy! In Massapequa I would say there are more screwball teachers, hint hint a McKenna teacher arrested for DUI with her CHILDREN present, who is still teaching YOUR children by the way, than our hard working janitors. Also, great response Anastasia Steele. Let's be supportive of our community members and their professions!
Massa May 21, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Yes, not all custodians are bad people. This guy seems like a nut and was pissed because he was caught, to bad. Always a bad apple in every bunch ruining it for the people that do their jobs and the right thing. And being a custodian is a respectable job, who ever says it isn't is a real ass.
ses2b May 21, 2012 at 03:31 PM
My husband is a custodian and is a hard working one at that. Every1 has their faults no one is perfect. Personally knowing the accused, he is a nice guy with some issues who is trying to make a living. So what he took a nap, he has a right to after cleaning up the mess those snotty bratty massapequa kids leave. Whomever took the picture should be at fault too, for instigating the fight. Grow up.
RMDAV May 21, 2012 at 08:38 PM
This is the most ignorant comment I have ever seen! I happen to know a custodian in the district, he has a wonderful family, a beautiful home, children in college, nice cars, and you know why? He worked his a** off for it! Are you up at 4am every day? Are you at the school during blizzards, hurricanes, power outages, and then after school so that kids can participate in school functions? NO BUT HE IS! All so that our children can have a safe school environment. And after all that he is the first one to help a friend and neighbor out. He puts his pants on one leg at a time just like you do! Think it's best for you to take you're judgmental attitude about people's professions somewhere else.
RMDAV May 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
That's right Kelly, I bet one of the posters above is home on unemployement, collecting food stamps wishing he had a job as a "custodian"
kate May 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Dear Ignorance, My husband is a custodian in one of the elementary schools in massapequa-he works 3;30 to midnite b/c during the day he is the owner of a small successful business. We own a beautiful home in Bellmore where our 3 children attend school, he is little league coach and a well respected coach to our daughters travel soccer team.Like, most of these men they work 2 jobs and probably took the job b/c of the health insurance, pension and 401k so that they can secure a solid future for their families.With all the people we know who have lost their jobs b/c of the economy and are at risk of losing their homes my husband is happy scrubbing toilets and cleaning (your kids classroom) b/c we dont have that financial burden!! It's ignorant and stupid people like you who put shame on these civil service jobs that oneday very soon will be nearly impossilbe to get!! Maybe, now, you'll re-think that comment, G.Cesario!!
ses2b May 22, 2012 at 01:06 AM
How do you know. These men work extremely hard and should be proud, i know. He could have been on his break...LUNCH BREAK... just beacuse he got carried away and has anger toward people who mock and bully him doesnt justify the attack but goes to show you that he obviously has things going on in his life none of you would understand, and was at his breaking point. Everyone is so quick to judge and snub their noses to someone they never met, just because he is a custodian. Look yourself in the mirror i bet you have just as many flaws.
Massa May 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
See2b , I agree that Custodian is not an easy job and I do think people should not be stuck up and say something about it. That is just wrong. But, i do have a problem with you saying something about snotty Bratty Massapequa kids, where do you live that kids are so much better, and then you are saying that people shouldn't judge people. You are judging the kids of Massapequa and you don't work in the schools, your husband does.
ses2b May 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Its a fact not a judgement. Ive been and went to school with these kids. I live out east now, but that point is moot. Its just a bunch of wannabe gangster white kids with mommy and daddys money. Fact. I lived in massapequa and dont get me wrong i loved it.
Rob May 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM
He does not have the right to sleep on the job and we was cleaning up after adults as he was not at a school but police acadamy. He should be happy he has a job that pays at least OK if not good and has great benifits. Oh yea, we are paying it for him. Do your job at work and sleep at home.
ses2b May 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
So this poor man is trying to make ends meat and everyone jumps on him cause he dosed off. But when the hs baseball coach takes ur kids to a strip club all os forgotten cause he is a teacher. And other teacher get dui 's and that's ok too i guess.
Franken Harpo May 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Angelo J Tenace is a New York Public School Employee with a salary of $55,447 as of 3/31/11 and is an employee of Massapequa Public Schools (NYSLRS Member). Angelo J Tenace was hired on 2/12/96.
Franken Harpo May 24, 2012 at 03:33 PM
From public records: http://new-york-employees.findthedata.org/l/1330175/Angelo-J-Tenace
Franken Harpo May 24, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Court:Nassau First District Court Case #:2012NA010995 Defendant:Tenace, Angelo J PL 120.00 01 A Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Aslt W/int Causes Phys Injury PL 265.02 01 D Felony, 2 counts, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Crim Poss Weap-3rd:prev Conv Case #:2012NA010996 PL 265.02 01 D Felony, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Crim Poss Weap-3rd:prev Conv PL 120.15 00 B Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Menacing 3rd PL 120.00 02 A Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Aslt:recklsly Cause Phys Injry Temporary Order Of Protection Issued Bond $50,000 Cash $25,000 (Not Posted) Next appearance 05/25/2012
mark f July 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I know the man personaly he must have been provoked ...he is a kind soul with a loving heart and a contagious smile...
mk October 06, 2012 at 12:32 AM
U must be one of the most ignorant unintelligent people around. Who the hell are you to pass judgment on someone you never met or a profession that you have never done. You are probably too lazy to even attempt a job which requires physical labor. And another sign of your lack of intelligence-you believe everything you read or hear in the media. Wake up silly-take your head out of your a** and enter the real world. At least this individual worked and paid his bills and taxes. He obviously made a mistake and is now paying the consequences. But do you know anything about this individual and why he reacted the way he did? maybe he was provoked? Maybe there are other underlying issues involved? Maybe he was disgusted at school administration letting him work in asbestos filled basements for years with no protective gear? My suggestion to you-keep your mouth shut and your opinions to yourself until you have something informed and intelligent to say. Have a wonderful day.
mk October 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I assume you don't ever want a raise, huh Rudy? Or maybe your just never entitled to one. Judging from your comment-you are not intelligent enough to earn a raise. So just keep smiling and maybe noone will notice your ignorance.


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