Eight arrested in Hoboken SantaCon

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Saturday was busy for Hoboken as SantaCon revelers flooded city streets for the annual bar crawl billed as a charity event.

“The organizers and participating bars set up a wristband (at a cost) system with drink specials and try to publicize the event as a ‘charity’ event, urging those coming to the city to bring toys for underprivileged children,” tweeted Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante. “That’s a sham as I didn’t see 1 person in 20 hrs with a gift.”

According to the chief, between 8 a.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday police responded to 521 calls for service, up from 429 last year due in part to a larger call volume earlier in the day and a deployment that was four hours longer.

There were also 49 City Ordinance Summonses issued up from last year’s 34, 33 of which this year were for open containers of alcohol in public.

There were 34 Motor Vehicle Moving Violation Summonses Issued. Twenty individuals were transported to hospitals for alcohol-related issues, down from 32 last year, and eight arrests down from 14 last year.

Below are the arrest details.

Charged with trespassing

Fernando Ferrera, 29, of Ewing, was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing.

While on patrol in the area of First Street, Sgt. Nicholas Burke saw a man walk out of a residential garage and a woman following him. The woman told Burke that the man had allegedly urinated inside the garage.

Burke requested the man’s identification that he allegedly refused to show. The defendant was placed under arrest for obstruction and criminal trespass and later released with a summons to appear in court.

Officers assaulted 

Sparta resident Gaveric Bach, 26 was arrested for aggravated assault on a Union City Police Officer, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a Hoboken Police Officer.

While patrolling the area of Newark and Washington streets, Officers Anthony Olivera and Harold Milne smelled burnt marijuana.

They saw Bach allegedly holding what they believed to be a marijuana cigarette. They approached Back and were able to retrieve the cigarette.

They then attempted to place him under arrest but Bach allegedly pushed Officer Olivera away so as to prevent him from handcuffing him.

The officers continued to struggle with the defendant who allegedly continued to resist their attempts to handcuff him. At one point all fell to the ground during the struggle injuring Officer Olivera.

As they attempted to gain control of Bach he allegedly bit a Union City Officer in the hand causing injury.

Bach was eventually placed in handcuffs inside the vehicle.

He allegedly continued to resist by kicking the door and allegedly slammed his head against the partition causing a laceration to his head.

He was transported to headquarters where he allegedly spit blood all over the area.

He was eventually transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment and he was given a summons to appear in court. Both officers who were injured remained on duty.

Driving offenses 

Bayonne resident Ahamed Housny, 30, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended, driving the wrong way down a one way, bail jumping, and reckless driving.

While on patrol, Detectives Andrew Perez, Christine Collins, and Michael Losurdo were told of a vehicle that was traveling the wrong way and was near Basils Pizzeria on Newark and Washington streets.

Perez observed the vehicle, a 2000 Lexus, parked in front of the establishment. There was a man later identified as Housny circling the vehicle who allegedly told officers he was driving the vehicle.

The officers noticed the driver was allegedly slurring his speech and unable to keep his balance.

Officer Harold Milne arrived on the scene and administered a Field Sobriety Test. The driver was allegedly unable to complete it and was placed under arrest.

He was transported to headquarters where he was processed.

He was also found to have an open warrant out of the City of Hoboken which he was processed on.

He provided a breath sample but it did not register a reading.

He was given several motor vehicle summonses and later released to a responsible party.

Christopher Savoca, 34, of Clark was arrested for driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

While on patrol in the area of First and Washington streets Detectives Mario Novo and Josh Velez saw a 2018 Dodge allegedly accelerate at a high speed and abruptly stop. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and as Det. Velez approached the driver to request his documents, he smelled alcoholic beverage allegedly coming from inside the vehicle and the driver.

The driver’s speech was allegedly slurred and his eyes were watery and bloodshot.

The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle so a Field Sobriety Test could be conducted.

Det. Novo administered the test and found the driver to allegedly be impaired.

He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. At headquarters he provided a breath sample and was allegedly found to be above the legal limit.

He later received several motor vehicle summonses for the offenses and released to a responsible party.

Timothy Wong, 31, of Philadelphia PA was charged with careless driving, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated.

Police Officers Jesse Castellano, Jayla Vega, and Cynthia Rivera were on patrol when they saw a 2019 Mercedes Benz allegedly disregard a stop sign in the area of Garden Street and continue traveling toward Observer Highway.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the officers saw a man in the driver seat and a female on the passenger side.

Officer Castellano smelled alcoholic beverage allegedly coming from Wong.

The driver’s eyes were also allegedly bloodshot and watery.

A Field Sobriety Test was conducted and Wong was found to be allegedly impaired.

He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.

A breath sample was taken and he was found to be below the limit.

He was given several summonses for the motor vehicle offenses and released to a responsible party.

A Dayton resident was charged with improper passing, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, refusal to provide a breath sample, and driving without headlights on after the time required.

Police Officers Harold Milne and Enrico Gnassi saw a 2008 Honda allegedly operating with the headlights turned off.

They also saw the vehicle allegedly swerve from side to side.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted in the area of Newark Street.

As Officer Gnassi approached the vehicle, he saw the window to be closed and the driver speaking to him.

After several minutes of attempting to locate the documents, she lowered the window and the officer smelled alcoholic beverage allegedly coming from the inside.

The driver was asked to step outside of the vehicle so that a field sobriety test could be conducted. Officer Milne conducted the test and found the driver was allegedly impaired.

She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where she allegedly refused to provide a breath sample.

She was charged with the additional offense. She received several motor vehicle summonses and was released to a responsible party.

Bayonne resident Anthony Ramos-Swepson, 27, was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a vehicle, open container in a vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Officers Jesse Castellano, and Cynthia Rivera were on patrol in the area of Garden Street when they saw a 2013 Ford driving with the headlights turned off.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted in the area.  Castellano approached the vehicle and requested the documents.

As he waited he smelled alcoholic beverage allegedly coming from inside the vehicle and his eyes to be watery and bloodshot.

They also smelled burnt marijuana allegedly coming from inside.

The driver was asked to step outside of the vehicle. As he stepped out, a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana allegedly fell to the ground. He was immediately placed under arrest.

The officers were able to locate additional CDS Marijuana along with other CDS related paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

He was transported to headquarters for processing.

A breath sample was provided and he was found to be below the legal limit.

He was given motor vehicle summonses along with a summons for the criminal offenses. He was later released to a responsible party.

Jersey City resident Stephanie Cabanilla, 23, was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a vehicle, obstructing the passage of a vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 500 feet of public property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school zone, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and manufacturing.

Police Officers Ricky Truppner and Anthony Rutkowski were on patrol when they saw a 2009 Honda allegedly stopped at a stop sign for an extended period of time without moving.

The driver then proceeded westbound on Fourth Street allegedly disregarding a stop sign. As the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it allegedly swerved from side to side eventually stopping in the area of First and Harrison streets.

As they approached the vehicle they smelled marijuana allegedly coming from the inside the vehicle.

The officers requested the driver to step out and as she did they saw in plain view a jar with suspected marijuana.

The driver was placed under arrest and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The officers located several other containers allegedly of suspected marijuana. The driver was transported to headquarters for processing where Sgt. Luke Zeszotarski, who is a Drug Recognition Expert, conducted several tests, finding the driver to allegedly be impaired.

A breath sample was also taken and did not register a reading.

The officers also confiscated $183.00 believed to allegedly be proceeds of sales.

The driver was released with a summons.