Two Brooklyn men and one from Bayonne were arrested shortly past midnight on Monday morning by Bayonne Police and were charged with various offenses, including receiving stolen property and burglary. According to Police Captain Eric Amato, 29-year old Joseph Mackenson of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, 20-year old Olivel Martinez of Columbus Circle in Bayonne and 19-year old Roobentz Mary of Saint Pauls Place in Brooklyn were taken into custody at 12:24 a.m. from the area of West 55th Street after officers responded to a telephone report of a suspicious male checking alleyways in the neighborhood.
According to Captain Amato, when the police arrived, they found Martinez walking on West 55th Street. He matched a description given to police by the caller. Police also found the other two actors seated inside a parked, but running, red Toyota Yaris with Florida license plates a short distance from where Martinez was walking.
When Mackenson and Mary noticed the police, they fled the vehicle on foot, ignoring the officers’ directive to stop. That’s when police noticed Mary drop a handgun on the ground near a building at 49th Street and Avenue C.
The police apprehended Mary, arresting him in the area of West 55th Street. A short time later, officers found Mackenson hiding underneath a parked vehicle a block away on West 56th Street. He was arrested.
During the investigation on scene, police learned that the Toyota had been reported stolen. They also found a .40 caliber, semi-automatic Smith & Wesson handgun. The gun contained a loaded, high capacity magazine with 22 rounds, one of which was in the chamber. The weapon was retrieved in the area of 49th Street and Avenue C.
Police also found Martinez in possession of a Florida insurance card along with a key tag that belonged to the stolen Toyota Yaris. A small quantity of marijuana was also found inside of the car.
While the three arrested men were being processed at Bayonne Police headquarters, another officer in the area of West 55th Street found a parked, Kia Optima with Pennsylvania plates blocking a fire hydrant. The unoccupied car’s front passenger window was open. A strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle.
When the officer looked inside the car, raw marijuana was found on the floor infront of the driver’s seat.
This information was communicated to the arresting officers at police headquarters. A key to a Kia was subsequently found on Mackenson’s person, which turned out to be the key to the illegally parked Kia Optima.
It was determined that the Kia not reported stolen, but it was impounded for being parked illegally. An investigation is underway with regard to that vehicle.
All three men have been brought to the County Jail in Kearny. Each has been charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. In addition, Mackenson is charged with possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana and obstruction of a government function. Martinez also face possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana, while Mary faces the drug charge, obstruction of a government function, unlawful possession of a handgun, possessing a large capacity magazine, plus possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.