Police Beat

Compiled by Marilyn Baer

Man spots alleged burglar while monitoring security camera

Fernando Rosario, 42, of Hoboken was arrested on Friday, March 2 at 4:28 p.m. and charged with burglary, theft of movable property, burglary tools, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers William Bullock, David DiMartino and Lieutenant Corrado Allegretta responded to the 300 block of Willow Avenue on the report of burglary in progress. According to the caller he was viewing the security camera in his apartment from a remote location and saw an unknown man in his home. He emailed a still photograph to the Police Department.
Officers arrived on the scene and set up a building perimeter and Allegretta, Bullock, and DiMartino entered the building. They saw minor pry marks on the door frame of a first floor apartment. They checked the building and found pry marks on another door frame. The officers heard someone in the third floor stairwell and found Rosario sweating profusely. DiMartino knew Rosario from a previous burglary investigation and knew he didn’t live in the building. Rosario matched the description from the caller and he was placed under arrest.
The officers searched Rosario and found him to allegedly have a flathead screwdriver and a bent Hudson Share customer access card that was worn on both sides. He also allegedly had pieces of jewelry, two ziplock bags of marijuana, and four glass cartridges containing suspected marijuana oil. Rosario was transported back to police headquarters for processing.
A tenant from one of the burglarized apartments was able to identify some of the pieces of jewelry that belonged to them at police headquarters.
Rosario was also found to allegedly have conducted other burglaries in town and was charged for those as well.
Rosario was transported to the Hudson County Correctional and Rehabilitation Center pending a detention hearing.

Officer’s vigilance results in DWI arrest

Paterson resident Mara Ruiz, 46, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, failure to stop, and disregarding a traffic control device on Tuesday, March 13, at 3:07 a.m.
Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons was driving south on Hudson Street when he saw a white 2012 Mercedes Benz allegedly fail to stop at a stop sign and disregard a traffic signal. Fitzgibbons stopped the car near Third and Hudson streets and when the driver rolled down the window the officer smelled alcohol from inside the car. The driver’s eyes were allegedly glassy and bloodshot. She was asked to step outside the vehicle for a field sobriety test which she allegedly “failed to complete properly.”
She was transported to Weehawken Police Department in order for Sergeant Ed Sellick to conduct a breathalyzer test which allegedly confirmed Ruiz to be under the influence of alcohol.

Alleged marijuana possession while driving

Anthony Graffeo, 29, of West Caldwell, and Ahmad Rahin, 35 of Ponte Verdra, Fla. were both issued summonses on Sunday, March 11 at 1:29 a.m..
Graffeo was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Rahin was charged with possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, driving while suspended, and obstructing traffic.
Officers Ryan Houghton and Dennis Figueroa, Jr. heard horns from several cars while on patrol near 80 River St. They saw a 2017 Ford obstructing traffic and Houghton approached the driver. According to the police press release, the officers smelled marijuana coming from inside the car. He saw the passenger, Graffeo, allegedly holding a brown lit cigar. The passenger allegedly refused to keep his hands visible. After eventually complying, he allegedly gave the officers a plastic container with suspected marijuana from his pocket.
The passenger was placed under arrest for the possession and given a summons to appear in court while the driver received several motor vehicle summonses on scene.

Two arrested for alleged PCP

27 year old Alexandra Mendoza of Jersey City and 26 year old Jessica Reyes of North Bergen were charged with defiant trespass and being under the influence of PCP on Saturday March 10 at 8:11 p.m..
Reyes was also charged with possession of PCP, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers William Bullock and David DiMartino were sent to 310 Marshall Dr. on a report of a group hanging out in the building. When the officers entered the stairwell they smelled PCP. The officers found two women and requested an ambulance due to the women’s alleged PCP use and one was allegedly unable to stand on her own. They were placed under arrest and searched. Reyes allegedly had a cigarette laced with PCP. Reyes was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center while Mendoza was transported to headquarters for processing. Both received summonses to appear in court.

Weekend DWI

On Sunday, March 4, East Brunswick resident Carlye Falco, 24, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to exhibit documents, and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer at 2:49 a.m.
Officer Bianca Arroyo and Special Police Officer Christopher Soto were on patrol when they saw a car accident near 32 Newark St. According to a police press release, they saw a Honda Civic strike the rear of a Ford Escalade.
Arroyo approached the car and saw a passenger asleep and a driver with glassy eyes and she smelled alcohol allegedly coming from the vehicle.
Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons arrived on scene to administer the field sobriety test which the driver was allegedly unable to complete. An ambulance was also on scene to check on all parties involved. Falco was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. At headquarters she was charged with the added motor vehicle offense of refusal to submit breath samples. A total of five motor vehicle summonses were given to the driver. No parties involved in the accident were injured. She was later released to a responsible party.

South Bound Brook man allegedly jumps in river

South Bound Brook resident Christopher Conner, 25, was summonsed for disorderly conduct and swimming in water adjoining a park on Saturday March 3 at 4:41 p.m.
Officers were dispatched to 401 Sinatra Dr. on the report of a man who jumped into the river. The officers found the man allegedly in the water swimming towards shore. After speaking with the man who explained he jumped into the water on a dare from his friends he was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Three charged in disturbance

Hoboken resident Jacob Maldonado, 25, was arrested on Feb. 25 at 2:54 a.m. along with Jersey City resident Angel Roman, 23, and West Orange resident Jeanette Abreu, 27.
Maldonado was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Roman was charged with obstructing, and Abreu was charged with disorderly conduct.
Officer John Hermann arrived in the area of 81 River St. on the call of a disturbance. He found Maldonado allegedly over a man who was on the ground. Maldonado was pulled off by officers Michael Aviles and Ricky Truppner. As they attempted to separate the men Roman allegedly came towards the officers while cursing and yelling. Maldonado allegedly continued to charge at the man and he was handcuffed. Abreu, Maldonado’s girlfriend, was told to leave the area but she allegedly refused and began to yell and curse. She was placed under arrest after several failed attempts to calm her down, according to the release. At this point Roman allegedly began to interfere with the arrest of Abreu and was arrested.
All parties were transported to headquarters for processing where they all received a summons to appear in court. The male who was on the ground left the area prior to the officers getting his identification.

Man charged after allegedly breaking shelter window

Jersey City homeless man Kareem Mumford, 24, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief based on an incident on Feb. 26 at 12:40 p.m.
The Police Department got a call from the Hoboken Shelter regarding one of their guests allegedly damaging a window. Mumford was allegedly angry over property lost and began to argue with the staff. When he was asked to leave, he allegedly punched the window, shattering the glass and injuring his hand. A description was given to all officers along with his direction. Detectives Vito Gigante and Arturo Gonzalez stopped a man fitting the description near Second and Hudson streets. The officers confirmed his identity and placed him under arrest for the damage. The cost to replace the window was over $500, the police press release said. The man was also treated for his hand injury. A summons complaint was generated and he was released with a court appearance.