Police arrest five after clash among alleged criminals

Armed robbery and kidnapping prompted a massive response

300 Constitution Avenue
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300 Constitution Avenue

Five people have been arrested after a feud among alleged criminals, according to the Bayonne Police Department.

Captain Eric Amato said that the BPD responded to 300 Constitution Avenue at the Harbor Pointe residential complex after a report of an alleged home invasion and kidnapping involving a handgun at approximately 1:16 p.m. on Nov. 12.

As officers arrived, police said they encountered a woman hysterically screaming from a window of a second-floor apartment.

The woman was later identified as a tenant of a nearby second-floor apartment. She had just escaped her apartment during a home invasion and safely retreated to a friend’s.

The woman told officers that her boyfriend was still in their apartment possibly being held at gunpoint by two men. Officers responded to both apartments and determined that both victims were safe, and the men were not present.

According to the victims, two men were unknown to them, and later identified as Donte Brown, 22, from the Bronx, and Brandon Gidron, 23, from New Rochelle. The men allegedly forcibly entered the apartment, and Brown brandished a handgun and ordered the male victim to the bedroom while ordering the female victim fill a bag with all the money from the bedroom.

Held hostage

During the holdup, the woman said Gidron fled the apartment while Brown remained. She refused to comply with Brown’s demands and fled the apartment, with Brown allegedly turning the gun on her and chasing her, dropping a bag that contained money from the bedroom before exiting the apartment.

The woman entered her friend’s apartment down the hall through an unlocked door and phoned the police as Brown allegedly fled the scene.

Both victims were then turned over to Bayonne Police Detectives to continue their investigation.

During the investigation, it was learned that Brown and Gidron had allegedly attempted to gain entry to the victims’ apartment the day before but were unsuccessful.

Armed with knowledge that Brown and Gidron had fled the scene, an investigation was immediately launched by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau while patrol officers surrounded and secured the exterior of 300 and 301 Constitution Avenue.

The investigation confirmed that the actors had exited 300 Constitution Avenue before the arrival of police and entered 301 Constitution Avenue.

Sweeping the building

Without knowing what apartment the suspects had entered in 301 Constitution Avenue, the Hudson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team responded to the scene where they conducted a top-to- bottom search and cleared the building.

During the search of 301 Constitution Avenue, members of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit responded to the scene, as well as an Assistant Prosecutor of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The Port Authority of NJ and NY Police Department E.S.U. also responded to the area on standby.

The investigation identified the exact apartment Brown and Gidron had retreated to and determined it was leased to Zanei Anderson, 23, from Bayonne.

Anderson was identified as a third male involved in the alleged attempted entry of the victim’s apartment from the day before. Shortly after identifying the apartment, Brown, Gidron, and Anderson were taken into custody.

Brown was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, and conspiracy.

Gidron was charged with robbery, burglary, and conspiracy. Anderson was charged with hindering apprehension.

Also taken into custody from the apartment was Imani Omar, 20, from Brooklyn, who allegedly had a stun gun. She was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon.

A handgun was recovered from the area.

Targeted robbery

During the incident, detectives conducted an investigation of one of the victims, Jalen N. Booker, 20, from Bayonne. According to police, the investigation revealed that Booker was allegedly involved in criminal activity relating to multiple identity and credit card thefts.

Police said the scheme earned Booker large amounts of cash which he stored at his residence. A substantial amount of cash believed to be proceeds of this criminal activity was seized from the apartment by detectives.

Booker was charged and lead detectives to believe that the home invasion was a targeted attack and not random.

The BPD thanked the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County S.W.A.T. Team, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Department, and the management staff of Harbor Pointe.

The department also thanked the several residents of 300 and 301 Constitution Avenue for their understanding, patience, and cooperation while being prevented from entering their apartments until the incident was brought to a safe resolution.

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