People from all over the Tri-state area donned their green apparel and flooded bars in downtown Hoboken on Saturday, March 2, for the annual LepreCon bar crawl. This year’s crawl appeared to be calmer than in years past with fewer calls to service, ambulance rides, and city ordinance violations.
LepreCon originated after entrepreneurs started the online bar crawls the first Saturday of March after the annual Sta Patrick’s Day Parade was canceled in 2012.
The parade was canceled after former Mayor Dawn Zimmer wanted it to move to a weekday to lessen the accompanying problems with bar crowds and house parties, but the private St. Patrick’s Parade Committee declined to move the parade and instead canceled it.
According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, this year Leprecon resulted in four Leprecon-related arrests, 322 calls for service, 22 people transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment, 37 motor vehicle summonses, and 12 city ordinance violations.
Last year LepreCon resulted in four arrests, 23 ambulance calls, 386 calls for service, 37 city ordinance summons, and 37 motor vehicle summons.
There were no reports of sexual assault or sexual contacts and no complaints against police officers.
According to Chief Ken Ferrante, several law enforcement agencies were on hand to aid the Hoboken Police Department with the bar crawl including the Union City Police Department, Hudson County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, NJ Transit Police Department, Stevens Police Department, and the Port Authority Police Department as well as the New Jersey State Alcohol Control Board which sent 24 ABC investigators.
Below are the weekend’s arrests.
The wrong kind of green
Maryland resident Sherif Elashkar, 25, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a summons for having unclear plates.
He was arrested on Saturday, March 2 at 9:21 p.m.
According to the press release, while Officers Tyrone Huggins and Armando Caraballo were in the area of Sixth and Washington streets, Huggins and Caraballo conducted a motor vehicle stop.
The vehicle’s temporary license plate was allegedly obstructed preventing them from reading it.
As they approached the driver’s side, they immediately smelled marijuana allegedly coming from inside.
Officer Huggins was also able to observe in plain view a clear plastic bag with green vegetation of suspected marijuana allegedly inside the vehicle. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and was placed under arrest.
He was later released with a summons to appear in court along with several motor vehicle summonses.
Arrest for alleged possession
Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Bello of Bayonne was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstructing the administration of law on Saturday, March 2 at 4:40 p.m.
According to the release, Bello walked past police officers near Newark and River streets holding a lit cigarette. Officers smelled marijuana allegedly coming from Bello.
He was ordered to stop and he allegedly dropped the cigarette onto the ground.
The officers recovered the cigarette of alleged marijuana and placed Bellow under arrest.
He was transported to headquarters where he was released with a summons to appear in court.
Hoboken resident Mario Rodriguez, 34, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, and reckless driving on Sunday, March 3 at 12:10 a.m.
According to the press release, Officer Steven Albert saw a 2018 blue Kia traveling north on Washington Street allegedly without its headlights on while on patrol.
Albert saw the driver allegedly swerve from side to side and nearly strike pedestrians.
A motor vehicle stop was initiated in the area of Fifth and Washington streets.
As the officer approached the vehicle he saw the driver allegedly had glassy eyes and could smell alcohol allegedly coming from the driver.
Officer Bianca Arroyo conducted a field sobriety test which the driver, Rodriguez, was allegedly unable to properly complete.
Rodriguez was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters.
At headquarters, a breath sample was provided. and he was found to allegedly be over the limit.
The driver was issued motor vehicle summonses for the offenses and later released to a responsible party.
Arrest for alleged domestic violence
Lyndhurst resident Daniel Marcinkowski, 28, was arrested on Sunday, March 3 at 1:35 a.m. and charged with aggravated assault for alleged domestic violence.
Domestic violence arrests are considered confidential. Marcinkowski was processed and released with a summons to appear in court.
Unrelated weekend arrests
The below arrests are not Leprecon related but did occur over the same weekend, according to police.
Hoboken resident Jonathan Irizarry, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction.
Jersey City resident Tajhmere Rhone, 26, was charged with criminal trespass, obstruction, resisting arrest, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing.
They were arrested on Sunday, March 3 at 4:36 p.m.
According to a press release, Officers David Dimartino and Daniel Barron were patrolling the area of 320 Marshall Dr. when they saw Rhone walk inside the building. As the officers entered the building they saw Irizarry allegedly exit the stairwell.
They smelled marijuana allegedly coming from him. Irizarry stated he was visiting a friend and walked inside one of the apartments. Rhone then walked out of the same stairwell Irizarry came from and confronted the officers.
The officers also smelled marijuana allegedly coming from Rhone and he was also allegedly holding his side as if he were concealing something, according to the release.
Rhone allegedly began to walk away after he was ordered to stop. At this time the officers began to place him under arrest for obstructing and he allegedly resisted by not allowing the officers to handcuff him.
Backup officers arrived, and they were able to assist in the arrest.
A search of Rhone’s person found him to allegedly be in possession of 10 ziplock bags of suspected marijuana.
He also allegedly had $401 believed to be alleged proceeds from sales.
He was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released on a summons.
While still on the scene, Detective Quinones and Officer Losurdo spoke to Irizarry who came to the apartment door he had entered.
As he provided his identification, they saw a small ziplock baggie of suspected marijuana allegedly fall from his wallet. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. He was also released with a summons.