Man arrested after allegedly attempting to take an ambulance in Hoboken


The Hoboken Police Department arrested Lyndhurst resident Nicholas Soto, 30, on Oct. 10 at 7:34 a.m. after he allegedly attempted to take an ambulance from Hoboken University Medical Center.

According to a press release from the police department, officers were dispatched to Hoboken University Medical Center to assist security after security reported that a man who was not being treated or waiting for anyone allegedly would not leave the waiting room.

After he was escorted outside, the officers remained in the area to make sure he did not return but after a few minutes, they saw the man, later identified as Soto, pacing near the ambulance which was parked outside the hospital a few minutes later.

They then saw him allegedly open the ambulance door and get in the vehicle.

As the officers approached, Soto allegedly locked both doors to the ambulance and then attempted several times to place the ambulance in gear but was unsuccessful.

With the help of security, the officers were able to get in the ambulance through its back double doors and attempted to place Soto under arrest but he allegedly resisted by pulling his arms away from the officers to prevent handcuffing.

After several minutes the officers were able to gain control and safely place him under arrest. He was then transported to headquarters for processing.

At headquarters, while Soto was being fingerprinted, he allegedly pulled away from the officer and allegedly attempted to flee by running toward the door of the processing room.

With the assistance of several officers, they were able to regain control and continue processing him.

He was charged with burglary, theft, escape, and resisting arrest.

He was later remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.