West New York Gabriel Rodriguez addressed recent back-to-back crimes reported on the week of March 14 in response to resident questions. The conversation was prompted at the March 23 meeting of the West New York Board of Commissioners.
“Details have just been very, very limited,” resident Mark Bloomberg said. “Is there anything you can share with the public on the most recent crime?”
Bloomberg is referring to a string of reported crimes starting on Monday, March 14, according to computer aided dispatch (CAD) reports that was highlighted by a story in the Hudson County View.
Three incidents the week of March 14
At approximately 11:35 a.m. West New York Police Department responded to the Wireless Express at 5010 Bergenline Avenue on a report of an armed robbery. According to the dispatch reports, the owner of the establishment told police the robbery occurred about 20 minutes ago and refused medical attention. No other information was available as the investigation remains an ongoing.
On the same day, at approximately 4:07 p.m., the West New York police responded to reports of shots fired incident at the intersection of 62nd Street and Park Avenue. According to the report, the victim was shot in the leg and received treatment on scene before being transported to Jersey City Medical Center. A nine millimeter bullet shell casing and a knife was recovered from the scene
The following day on Tuesday, March 15, at approximately 7:57 a.m., authorities responded to 139 66th Street and found a man dead on arrival outside the home. No additional details were available.
Rodriguez can’t say much
In response to Bloomberg, Rodriguez noted the matters were on going, so details that can be released to the public are limited.
“Obviously these are points of concern for all of our community, beginning with myself,” Rodriguez said. “As you may understand, these types of conversations are limited, due to the fact that there are ongoing investigations. We cannot comment in detail.”
However, Rodriguez assured these were not random, yet personal incidents.
“I can tell you that they are not random acts of violence,” Rodriguez said. “These were incidents between individuals who knew each other. That doesn’t make it any better, but they were personal in terms of involvement. That alleviates a little but of the stress that comes with situations like this. But unfortunately, we cant really comment further than that, but thank you for your concern.”
Bloomberg asked about the dead bound found, which Rodriguez said he cannot provide any additional information. Bloomberg thanked Rodriguez for the details he did provide, and asked him to provide feature details as they become available.
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