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Alleged bicycle thief was wanted in Florida, police say

On Friday, July 14, at 1:09 p.m. the Hoboken Police Department arrested Jersey City resident Joseph Cacio, age 55, in Hoboken.

Cacio was charged as a fugitive from justice from the state of Florida, and with burglary, theft, bail jumping, and possession of burglary tools.

Sgt. William Vera and Detectives Edward Lepre and Vito Gigante were investigating several July 9 bicycle thefts. The officers received a call of a male outside of a residence on Marshall Street who may have stolen the bicycles at the same address on July 9, according to a release. The detectives arrived to find Cacio in the area. A check was made and he was found to have several outstanding warrants. He was wanted by the state of Florida for a parole violation and by the Hudson county Sheriff’s Department for burglary and theft offenses. After further investigation it was determined that Cacio was the detectives’ suspect for the July 9 bicycle thefts.

He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. Then he was remanded to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department. 

More alleged bicycle thieves

That same morning, Jersey City resident Latife Robins, age 35, was arrested at 1:32 a.m. Robins was charged with theft, possession of burglary tools, hindering apprehension, and bail jumping. Co-defendant Jersey City resident Edward Nettles, age 41, was charged with hindering apprehension and bail jumping. 

While on patrol, Officer Bernardo Munoz observed Robins and Nettles walking with three bicycles. Aware of recent bicycle thefts, Munoz conducted a field interview of the two men. According to the media release, Robbins and Nettles allegedly provided evasive answer to his questions about the ownership of the bicycles.

Officers Michael Losurdo and Joseph Dimartino arrived on scene to assist Munoz and further investigate.  Losurdo and Dimartino remained with Robins and Nettles. Munoz searched nearby and found a bag hidden under a parked car that contained bolt cutters.

Detectives determined that the bicycles were allegedly taken by the men and that they had allegedly given the officers false names. They were both placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.

Nettles received a summons and was released and Robins was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Alleged drunk driver apprehended while trying to park

Hoboken resident Rafael Santaigo, age 34, was arrested on Sunday July 16 at 12:55 a.m. Santaigo was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, and reckless driving. 

Officers Harold Milne and Anthony Rutkowski were patrolling in the area of 320 Jackson St. when they observed the rear bumper of a black 2003 Hyundai sedan allegedly backing into the front right tire of a parked vehicle. The officers activated their emergency police lights and exited their vehicle to investigate. Santiago, the driver, failed to notice the officers and was still allegedly operating the vehicle in reverse, rocking the parked Volvo back and forth.

The officers called out to Santiago, who immediately stopped and turned off the car. Milne and Rutkowski spoke with the driver and observed that his eyes were bloodshot and his eyelids were droopy. They conducted a field sobriety test, which Santiago allegedly failed, and he was placed under arrest.

At headquarters he provided a breath sample which was allegedly above the legal limit. He received several summonses and was released to a responsible party.

Man allegedly robbed of phone, wallet near Third Street

The Hoboken Police Department arrested and charged Jersey City resident Damon Haley, age 24, and Anthony Danielle, age 21, of Union City with robbery.

Detectives John Quinones and Robert Roman were investigating a robbery that occurred during the early morning hours of Friday June 30. The victim was walking in the area of Third and Madison streets when he was allegedly confronted by Daniele and Haley, who allegedly assaulted him and took his cell phone and wallet.

The victim was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries including swelling to the face and other minor non-life threatening injuries. The police investigation led to Haley and Daniele.

On Saturday, July 8, off-duty officer Fabian Quinones saw Haley in the area of Third and Jackson streets and called for assistance. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.

On Sunday, July 9, Daniele walked into headquarters and turned himself in. Both men were remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Homeless man arrested for trespassing

On Friday, July 7, at 4:13 a.m., police arrested Hoboken homeless man Ronald Crawford, age 58.

Crawford was charged with four counts of bail jumping, defiant trespass, and “certain persons not to have weapons (folding knife).”

Officers Brandon Fitzgibbons and Ryan Houghton were dispatched to the area of 235 Hudson St. on a report of someone inside the building attempting to enter a room and then leave the area. The officers canvassed the area after receiving a description and located Crawford a short distance away near Second and Washington streets.

While speaking with the officers Crawford allegedly gave conflicting stories as to his whereabouts. A check found him to have several outstanding warrants from the city of Hoboken, a police press release said. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. After a further investigation police believed he had allegedly entered the Hudson Street building. He was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

 

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