Man with machete arrested in Hoboken


Hoboken police officers arrested a Jersey City resident who was allegedly carrying a machete in the early morning hours of May22.

According to a press release from the department,at about 12:01 a.m on Friday May 22, a woman flagged down Officer Daniel Grossi near First and Washington streets.

She pointed to a male and reported that he was in possession of a machete.

Officer Grossi exited his patrol car, approached the man, and saw him allegedly holding a machete in his right hand.

Officer Grossi drew his service weapon and ordered the man to drop the machete. He complied, also following the officer’s order to sit on the ground.

Several officers responded as backup, and the man, identified as 54-year-old Salvatore Spadafora of Jersey City, was arrested.

Through an on-scene investigation, police officers learned that Spadafora was in an argument with an unknown man in the area of Newark and Washington streets.

The argument escalated when Spadafora allegedly produced a machete from his pants, and the unknown man ran north on Washington Street.

Spadafora was seen allegedly holding the machete above his head as he chased after the unknown man.

It was also reported that Spadafora swung the machete and allegedly struck a parked vehicle.

Police charged Spadafora with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, and Criminal Mischief.

Spadafora’s charges were placed on a warrant, and he was committed to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Spadafora is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.