Hoboken’s naughty list

Fourteen arrested during SantaCon

Thousands of Santas and elves swarmed Hoboken's downtown area last weekend for the annual SantaCon bar crawl.
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Thousands of Santas and elves swarmed Hoboken's downtown area last weekend for the annual SantaCon bar crawl.

The Hoboken Police Department, as well as officers from Union City, were kept busy during last weekends SantaCon, which resulted in 14 arrests and four officers injured.

According to a press release from the HPD, there were 429 calls for service, an increase from last year’s Christmas-themed bar crawl when there were 282.

Overall, city ordinance violations, arrests, and hospital visits were down from the previous year from 52 to 33; 17 to 14; and 55 to 32 respectively.

Most of the those arrested were nonresidents. Charges ranged from disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana to aggravated assault, criminal sexual contact, and one domestic violence arrest.

Below is a rundown of the arrests provided by the Hoboken Police Department.

Man allegedly resists arrest 

A 22-year-old Hawthorne resident, Denis Mucha, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. While patrolling the area of 42 Newark Street, Officer Michael Losurdo observed Mucha being escorted out of one of the establishments before trying to regain entry. Mucha was asked to leave the area but allegedly refused and at one point allegedly charged toward officers. As he was placed under arrest, he allegedly became aggressive and resisted by not allowing the officers to handcuff him. He was safely placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in court.

Alleged package thief apprehended 

Hoboken resident Raffaelle Spadavecchia, age 18, was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Officers Wilfredo Gomez and Ramon Calderon were dispatched to the area of 13th and Grand streets on a report of a male who was allegedly stealing packages and leaving the scene pushing a shopping cart. A description was given to the officers en route. A man who fit the description was stopped a short distance away. After speaking to Spadavecchia and witnesses, police determined that he had allegedly taken the packages and was placed under arrest. He was transported to headquarters for processing. A warrant complaint was generated, and he was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

Alleged marijuana possession leads to arrest 

A 21-year-old Oakhurst resident, Mariana Rodriguez, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. While patrolling the area of River and Newark streets, Officer Luke Zsezotarski and Detective Robert Roman smelled burnt marijuana in the area. They noticed a group and as they got closer, they saw Rodriguez allegedly smoking marijuana. Rodriguez saw the officers, allegedly discarded the cigarette and began to walk away. She was stopped and placed under arrest. She was transported to headquarters for processing and received a summons to appear in court.

Alleged brawlers arrested 

A 22-year-old Middletown, N.Y., resident, Louis Vigorita, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct as was 23-year-old Staten Island resident Joseph Holt who was charged with an additional count of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. As officers patrolled the area of River Street, they saw a large fight. The officers, along with backup, attempted to disperse the crowd and break up the fight as Vigorita and Holt allegedly continued to strike each other. Sergeant William Collins attempted to place Holt under arrest, who then allegedly attempted to flee the scene. A struggle allegedly ensued causing both to fall to the ground. At this time Holt allegedly punched Sgt. Collins in the face. Other officers assisted in attempting to place him under arrest. As they continued to struggle with Holt, Detective John Quinones suffered a dislocated thumb. Holt was eventually subdued and handcuffed. He, along with Vigorita, was transported to headquarters for processing where they received summonses to appear in court.

Out-of-towner allegedly resists arrest 

Stockholm, N.J. resident Austin Bailey, age 22, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  While patrolling the area of 42 Newark Street, Officer Michael Losurdo saw Bailey allegedly being held back by a group. It appeared he was about to be engaged in a fight. He was ordered to step back which he complied with while the officer issued a summons. When complete, Bailey was sent on his way but allegedly continued to be aggressive toward the officers, and at one point allegedly charged toward them. Officer Losurdo attempted to then place him under arrest at which time he allegedly fled the scene. He was stopped a short distance away and placed under arrest. He was transported to headquarters for processing and later released with a summons to appear in court.

Men charged after alleged criminal sexual contact and subsequent fight

Wayne resident Jeremy Hreha, age 30, was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact. Margate, Fla. resident Alvaro Florez, age 25, was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. While patrolling the 200 block of Washington Street, officers Christopher Soto and Joshua Campoverde saw Hreha allegedly being escorted out of one of the bars. They also saw Florez allegedly punch Hreha in the face causing Hreha to fall to the ground suffering a cut to his lip and lose consciousness. Florez was immediately placed under arrest and placed into a marked radio car. Florez allegedly began to kick the door, preventing the officers from closing it. They were able to control him and transport him to headquarters. While still on the scene staff from the bar advised the officers there was a female victim inside who was inappropriately touched allegedly by Hreha. He was placed under arrest after officers spoke with the victim. He was also transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center for treatments due to the injury suffered from being punched in the face.

Alleged DWI incident leads to arrest 

Clifton resident Ayleen Vizcarra, age 22, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. Officers Matt Isler and Cynthia Rivera were dispatched to the area of Eighth Street and Sinatra Drive on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Stevens Institute Officer Brian Murphy was already on the scene. The officers saw a 2018 Toyota with its airbags deployed. The driver was allegedly standing outside of her vehicle. Officer Rivera smelled alcohol allegedly coming from the driver. She was also allegedly swaying and had slurred speech. Sgt. Ed Sellick conducted a field sobriety test which the Vizcarra was allegedly not able to complete. She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. A breath sample was taken and found to allegedly be above the legal limit. She was later released to a responsible party after receiving several motor vehicle summonses. The Vizcarra did not suffer any injuries from the accident and refused medical attention.

Car accident leads to alleged DWI arrest

Pine Brook resident Nila Najafi, age 47, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and driving while intoxicated in a school zone. Officer Steven Albert was dispatched to the area of 11th Street and Willow Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arriving he saw a 2017 Honda, 2011 Lincoln, and a 2007 Nissan parked near the school. While conducting his investigation, it was determined that Najafi allegedly struck one vehicle which was at a stop, pushing into another vehicle causing damage to all three. Officer Albert noticed the driver allegedly had watery bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. A field sobriety test was conducted which she was allegedly not able to complete. She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where a breath sample was taken. She was found to allegedly be above the legal limit. After receiving several motor vehicle summonses, she was released to a responsible party.  No other parties involved suffered any injuries.

Man charged with disorderly conduct 

A 30-year-old Clifton resident, Steven Leon, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. While on patrol Officers Marvin DeJesus and Nathaniel Arocho saw Leon allegedly being followed by one of the bar’s security staff. Leon had allegedly just walked out of the bar while still holding his drink. As they attempted to take the dink away, he allegedly became aggressive toward staff. He was given several verbal commands to stop his behavior which he allegedly refused to do. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in court.

Alleged drug possession leads to charges 

A 42-year-old resident of the Bronx, Latisha Dean, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. While patrolling the area of Newark Street Officer Bernardo Munoz smelled burnt marijuana. As he walked further ahead, he saw Dean allegedly holding a cigarette of suspected marijuana. She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in court.

Continuous honking leads to arrest 

A 21-year-old Cherry Hill resident, Jameson Fisher, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, and a failure to exhibit insurance. While patrolling the area of Newark and Hudson streets Officers Anthony Olivera and Luke Zsezotarski saw a vehicle stopped at a traffic light allegedly continuously honking the horn at the traffic control officer. As the officers approached the driver side of the vehicle, they smelled alcohol allegedly coming from inside the vehicle. The driver’s eyes were also allegedly glassy and he allegedly slurred his speech. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle so that Officer Zsezotarski could conduct a field sobriety test. The driver allegedly did not complete the test and was placed under arrest. A search allegedly revealed a plastic bag containing marijuana along with paraphernalia. He was transported to headquarters where a breath sample was taken and he was allegedly found to be above the legal limit. He was processed and given a summons to appear in court along with several motor vehicle summonses. He was later released to a responsible party.

The 14th arrest is a Domestic Violence Arrest which is considered confidential; as such information was not released for that arrest.