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Compiled by Marilyn Baer

Police arrest city employee for alleged involvement in stolen batteries

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, police arrested city employee and Jersey City resident Wilfredo Gonzalez, 43, on Friday, Jan. 12 in connection with the thefts of 24 batteries from parking meter pay stations. Each battery is valued at $165, meaning over $3000 of batteries were stolen.
Gonzalez was charged with theft of movable property. Also arrested was Jersey City resident Luis Gonzalez, 48, who was found to have an outstanding warrant from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department. He was placed under arrest for alleged bail jumping and alleged possession of marijuana. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.
The police investigative bureau began investigating the thefts on Dec. 27 when they received information regarding the theft of the batteries from the pay station. Initially, 13 batteries were reported stolen.
Wilfredo Gonzalez has been an employee of the department of environmental services for less than a year, according to the press release. He is part of the staff that collects garbage while walking in an assigned area of town.
On Friday, Jan. 12, as detectives prepared to arrest Wilfredo Gonzalez, they learned he was allegedly not at his assigned work area and had left town. He was located arriving back to work several hours later in the 200 block of Newark Street with two other men. He was stopped and placed under arrest by Detectives Vito Gigante and Bret Globke. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.
“I want to thank Chief Ferrante, Captain Campbell, Sergeant Vera, and all other HPD Detectives that worked diligently to apprehend the individuals responsible for stealing the Parking Utility’s pay station batteries,” said Director of parking and transportation Ryan Sharp in the press release. “HPD’s hard work and clinical investigation into this case shows that theft or vandalism of city property will not be tolerated in Hoboken.”

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Alleged stalker arrested for alleged intimidation of victim

Hoboken resident Anthony LaRusso, 52, was arrested and charged with witness tampering/ intimidation, bias intimidation, terroristic threats, and harassment on Jan. 18 at 2:03 p.m.
LaRusso was arrested based on an investigation into several incidents which occurred between Dec. 6 and Jan. 8. The victim and LaRusso were in the middle of court proceedings after the victim signed a complaint for stalking. The defendant allegedly made comments alarming her. Another time he allegedly made a derogatory comment toward the victim along with a shooting gesture using his hand in an alleged attempt to intimidate the victim. LaRusso is also accused of allegedly taking a mezuzah from the victim’s door, burning it, and placing it back.
According to the press release from the police department all of these incidents occurred while the two were waiting for a court proceeding from a separate incident that the victim signed a complaint for stalking causing the victim to be in fear of the defendant.
Detective Vito Gigante completed a warrant complaint charging the defendant with the above crimes and on Thursday Jan. 18, LaRusso was located at his residence and arrested by Detectives Christine Collins, Arturo Gonzalez, and Officer Michael Losurdo. He was transported to headquarters for processing and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

31 bags of heroin allegedly found on sleeping man

Hoboken resident Thomas Steed, 25, was arrested on Jan. 11 at 12:40 a.m. and charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana within 500 feet of public housing, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school zone, and defiant trespass.
Officers Dennis Figueroa Jr. and Connor Milne were conducting a building check at 310 Marshall Dr. when they encountered Steed sleeping in a hallway. The officers questioned why he was there and he allegedly gave evasive answers. He was placed under arrest for defiant trespass on Hoboken Housing Authority property. A search found him to allegedly be in possession of heroin and marijuana. Officers Figueroa and Milne confiscated a total of 31 bags of heroin allegedly from the defendant along with a plastic bag or suspected marijuana. The street value of the heroin was approximately $186. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

Man allegedly shoves cop

Allendale resident Christopher Sirico, 21, was arrested on Jan. 13 at 2:24 a.m. and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, obstruction, and received a summons for urinating in public.
Special police officers Joshua Campoverde and Christopher Barral were on patrol when they saw Sirico allegedly urinating in public in the area of 92 Court St. As the officers approached him to issue him a summons he allegedly walked away ignoring their orders to stop. Campoverde followed Sirico and held onto his arm at which point Sirico allegedly shoved Campoverde and began to flee. The officers pursued him and apprehended him after a brief chase. He allegedly resisted arrest by holding his arms across his chest and preventing the officers from handcuffing him. Once handcuffed, he was transported to headquarters for processing and due to his alleged intoxication he was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center for evaluation. He was given a summons and left in the care of the hospital.

Wrong way!

Bergenfield resident Rondale Peterson, 26, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, bail jumping, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated in a school zone on Jan. 21 at 4:12 a.m.
Officers Tyler Soto and Anthony Rutkowski went to the area of Thirteenth and Washington streets on a call of someone sleeping behind the wheel of a car. The officers found a man allegedly asleep behind the wheel of a silver Toyota Prius allegedly facing the wrong way with the motor running.
Soto smelled alcohol allegedly coming from inside of the vehicle. The driver was asked to step out of the car for an on field sobriety test but he was allegedly unable to complete it. He was then placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. At headquarters he gave a breath sample and was allegedly found to be above the legal limit. He was issued motor vehicle summonses and released to a responsible party.

Alleged marijuana cigarette leads to arrest

Hoboken homeless man Travis White, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 19 at 11:17 a.m.
While around Third and Monroe streets officer Michael Losurdo and Detective Andrew Perez saw White allegedly holding a brown cigar paper in one hand while shaking suspected marijuana onto the paper. They exited their vehicle, approached White, and placed him under arrest. He was transported to headquarters for processing where he received a summons to appear in court.

Caught in the act of alleged burglary

Elizabeth resident Daniel Ferretti, 33, was arrested and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, shoplifting, and criminal mischief on Jan. 20 at 4:50 a.m.
While officers Miachel Straten and Tyler Soto were on patrol they saw Ferretti, who fit the description of a shoplifting suspect they received earlier, standing in the doorway of an address on Second Street.
Officers Straten and Soto stopped and approached Ferretti who proceeded to allegedly walk away from the officers and allegedly dropped an item as he did so. They stopped him and spoke with him a short distance away. Straten saw what appeared to be fresh damage to the door near the lock as well as pieces of drywall on the ground. The officers also found a screwdriver with alleged drywall residue on it where they saw Ferretti allegedly drop something. Ferretti was positively identified as the shoplifter on the earlier call and he was placed under arrest. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

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