POLICE BEAT

Open warrant leads to additional possession charges 

Hoboken resident Josh Lessane, 26, was arrested on Tuesday, April 2, at 8:01 p.m.

He was charged with bail jumping, possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, and possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.

Officers Matthew Isler and Jonathan Lyons were contacted by Officer Nathaniel Arocho describing Lessane and informing them that Lessane had an open warrant for his arrest. Isler and Lyons located Lessane on the corner of Third and Jackson streets and stopped him. They confirmed that he had an open warrant and arrested him. During their search of Lessane they found him to allegedly be in possession of 10 plastic bags of suspected marijuana. He was arrested, posted bail for his warrant, and processed for distribution charges before he was released with a court date.

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Weehawken resident Tiffany Poole, 42, was arrested on Wednesday, April 3, at 2:53 a.m. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated within 1,000 feet of a school.

Officers Jayla Vega and Vincent Lombardi saw Poole allegedly drive her car through Columbus Park from Ninth and Grand streets to 10th and Grand streets. She then allegedly drove the wrong way down a one-way street, north on Grand Street from 11th Street.

The officers stopped Poole and when they spoke to her they smelled alcohol and saw that she allegedly displayed signs of being intoxicated including watery eyes and slurred speech.

A field sobriety test was administered and it was determined that Poole was allegedly too intoxicated to operate a vehicle. She was arrested and brought to headquarters for processing and to submit to a breath sample which she allegedly refused to do.

She was issued additional summonses for refusal to submit to a breath sample, refusal to submit to chemical testing, wrong way down a one way, and reckless driving.

She was released with her summonses and a court date.

Woman allegedly assaults officers

East Orange resident Jannah Asante, 22, was arrested on March 31 at 2:49 a.m.

Asante was charged with two counts of third-degree aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of fourth-degree aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault on an EMT, resisting arrest, and simple assault.

Sergeant Richard Torres, Officers Roary Miller, Christopher Barral, and Special Police Officers Matthew Rossi and Jonathan Rodriguez were sent to the area of 76 River Street on the call that a woman had allegedly assaulted and spit at several people. Rossi and Rodriguez were the first to arrive when they saw Asante near 44 Newark Street allegedly punch a pedestrian. Torres, Rossi, and Rodriguez placed her under arrest at which time she allegedly began to resist. After a brief struggle, the officers were able to safely handcuff her.

When they were placing her in the police car she then allegedly kicked Rossi in the chest. Once at headquarters, she allegedly became combative which resulted in her being placed in a cell.

As the officers were about to leave the cell she then allegedly charged at them and allegedly grabbed Torres around the neck.

The officers again restrained her. Torres suffered a minor injury.

Due to her alleged erratic behavior, medical personnel were called. While waiting for them to arrive Asante allegedly became combative again this time with Miller and Barral. While trying to secure her she was allegedly kicking her legs and trying to strike Miller’s hands. Officer Barral sustained a minor injury during the incident.

While Asante was being transported to the hospital, she allegedly spit in the face of an EMT.

Once released from the hospital, Asante was processed on all charges and released with a court date.

Man apprehended after 20 packs of gum were stolen 

Union City resident Moises Cabrera, 29, was arrested on March 29 at 2:15 p.m. and charged with robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives Christine Collins and Vito Gigante responded to a report that a man was allegedly shoplifting items from ACME in the 600 block of Clinton Street. The man fled the store allegedly pushing two employees several times.

The detectives saw Cabrera who matched the description of the alleged shoplifter near Sixth and Adams streets.

They ordered him to stop and take his hands out of his pockets. As he did, multiple packs of gum allegedly taken from the store allegedly fell out of his pockets.

He was arrested and found to have 20 packages of gum and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine allegedly in his possession. He was taken to headquarters, processed, and he was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Facility.

Acme employees did not suffer any serious injuries.

 Officers arrest two men after alleged drug deal 

Two men were arrested and charged with various drug-related offenses on March 25, at 5:20 p.m.

Hoboken resident Brian Agosto, 31, was charged with distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park, distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, distribution of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine within 500 feet of a park and distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

Wayne resident Giovanni Gallo, 42, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 5:20 p.m. Sergeant William Collins, Street Crimes Unit Supervisor, saw Gallo near Third and Garden streets. Gallo was than approached by Agosto and the two began walking together. Agosto then allegedly handed Gallo an item and Gallo then allegedly handed Agosto money before the two went their separate ways.

Due to his training, Collins recognized this to possibly have been a drug transaction. Collins followed Gallo while Detective Anthony Hockstandter and Officer Fabian Quinones attempted to stop Agosto.

When Gallo saw the police he allegedly placed 30 wax folds of heroin on the ground along with a small plastic bag of crack cocaine as well as a glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine. Agosto was stopped a short distance away and placed under arrest. He was found to be in possession of $99 which officers believed to be the proceeds of the alleged drug transaction. Both men were charged and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Facility.