Police Beat

Compiled By Marilyn Baer

Wrong way!

On Sunday May 21 at 4:13 a.m., 25-year-old West Windsor resident Pabel Lizardo was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

While Officer Anthony Rutkowski was on patrol he observed a vehicle allegedly traveling the wrong way. Rutkowski conducted a motor vehicle stop and spoke to the driver. During the conversation he observed Lizardo allegedly with bloodshot eyes and slow speech. Sergeant Edward Sellick arrived on scene and conducted a field sobriety test, which Lizardo allegedly failed to complete. He was then placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and transported to headquarters, where a Lizardo provided a breath sample and he was found to allegedly be above the legal limit. He was given motor vehicle summonses for the traffic offenses and later released to a responsible party.

Alleged package thief caught

Jersey City resident Juan Maldonado, age 56, was arrested on Friday May 19 at 3:16 p.m. and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft, and bail jumping.

While on patrol, officers James Barbro, Luke Zesotarski, and Sgt. Caser Olavarria observed Maldonado allegedly carrying a bag with boxes inside. Prior to the officers reaching Maldonado, he allegedly discarded the bag and the contents. The officers located the bag that contained several unopened packages from addresses in the area. After investigating further it was determined that Maldonado had allegedly taken the packages from the addresses and allegedly attempted to conceal them upon observing the officers. Maldonado was placed under arrest and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Bus trip interrupted

51-year-old New York City resident William Johnson was arrested Sunday May 21, at 7:45 p.m.

He was charged with resisting arrest, bail jumping, burglary, and theft.

While on patrol officers Ricky Truppner, Mathew Isler, and Special Police Officer Joshua Campoverde were advised by an off-duty officer that Johnson was in the area of Eleventh and Hudson streets and was wanted for burglary offenses he allegedly committed in the past. The officers arrived to find Johnson on a bus. The officers boarded the bus and approached Johnson and advised him that he was under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Johnson allegedly became uncooperative and allegedly resisted the officers’ attempts to handcuff him and escort him off the bus. Once off the bus he was handcuffed and transported to headquarters where he was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Alleged drug dealer arrested

On Tuesday May 23 at 5:06 p.m., Hoboken resident Spencer Perez, age 22, was arrested.  He was charged with bail jumping, possession of paraphernalia with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

While on patrol, Detectives Robert Roman, John Quinones, Christine Collins, and Sergeant Jonathan Mecka observed a white BMW illegally parked in the area of Hoboken Housing Authority. 

After a few minutes, they observed Perez exit the address of 230 Harrison St. and enter the vehicle. The officers knew Perez had an outstanding warrant and approached the vehicle. Mecka immediately noticed the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and upon further inspection, Mecka observed a small amount of leafy vegetation of suspected marijuana and a small burnt cigar allegedly containing green vegetation of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle in plain view.

Perez exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest. He was searched and in his possession Perez allegedly had multiple plastic bags, each containing multiple zip lock baggies commonly used to package and distribute drugs along with currency believed to be proceeds from drug sales. Officers also located a container which allegedly contained residue of suspected marijuana along with other items used to package and distribute drugs. He was transported to headquarters where he was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Facility.