Police Beat

Compiled by Marilyn Baer

Alleged bike thieves caught

West New York resident Herson Ortiz-Argueta, age 22, and Union City resident Darwin Montufar, age 18, were arrested on Wednesday May 3 at 11:27 p.m.

Ortiz-Argueta was charged with possession of marijuana, criminal attempt theft, possession of burglary tools, and criminal mischief.

Montufar was charged with criminal attempt theft.

According to a media release from the Police Department, detectives Arturo Gonzalez, Adam Colon, and Officer Michael Aviles responded to the area of Ninth and Washington streets on a report of two men attempting to take a bicycle. They arrived to find two men fitting the description of the alleged thieves. Police ordered the men to stop and as Gonzalez approached them he observed what appeared to be bolt cutters protruding from a backpack that was near them. After further investigation they were placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. They were both given summonses and released with a court appearance.

Man arrested after allegedly parking in the middle of the road

On Sunday May 1, at 12:13 a.m., 24-year-old Hoboken resident Santiago Cabrera was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath test, obstructing other vehicles, driving while suspended, and driving while suspended in a school zone.

Officers Fabian Quinones and Detective Edward Lepre were dispatched to the area of 615 Washington St. on the report of someone slumped in their vehicle. The officers arrived to find the vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway with the engine still running. The officers approached the vehicle to find the driver slumped over the center console. They made several attempts to wake him up. Once he exited the vehicle, he was allegedly swaying back and forth and his speech was slurred, according to the officers. Lepre conducted an on-scene sobriety test that Cabrera allegedly did not complete. He was transported to headquarters for processing where he allegedly refused to provide a breath sample. He was later released to a responsible party after given several motor vehicle summonses.

Alleged intoxicated driver hits parked car

Newark resident George Martins, age 28, was arrested in Hoboken last Sunday, April 30, at 2:56 a.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, and assault by auto.

Officers responded to the area of 158 Second St.  on a report of a motor vehicle accident. The officers arrived to find a parked Toyota partially on the sidewalk. The driver of the striking vehicle, allegedly Martins, was standing outside of his Lexus. While speaking with the driver, Officer Sam Williams could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage allegedly coming from his breath, according to the press release. Sgt. Ed Sellick conducted an on-scene field sobriety test that the driver allegedly failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. At headquarters a breath sample was obtained that found Martins to allegedly be above the legal limit. A passenger from the Martins vehicle was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center with complaints of pain.

Hoboken resident arrested after allegedly spitting on cop

On Saturday April 29, Hoboken resident Monica Rodriguez, age 35, was arrested at 11:05 p.m. She was charged with two counts of throwing bodily fluid, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and bail jumping.

Officers Ryan Houghton and Damien Bates were dispatched to the area of Third and Jackson streets on the report of a noise complaint. The officers spoke with the owner about the music. They saw Rodriguez allegedly walk outside with a bottle of beer in her hand. Officers advised her to discard the beer but she refused. At this time she allegedly became irate and refused to leave. She allegedly began to shout at the officers and allegedly pushed Bates. She was placed under arrest, handcuffed, and transported to headquarters for processing. At headquarters she refused to exit the police vehicle and was removed by the officers. As she was being removed she then allegedly spat on Bates. Due to her state of intoxication, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance was called for transportation to the hospital for treatment. She was later transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.