47-year-old Angel Mendoza of Hoboken was charged with False Reports To Law Enforcement and Theft according to Hoboken Police.
On September 26, 2018 Mendoza filed a report of Robbery with officer’s Bullock and DiMartino. He claimed that , while in the area of the 9th street Light Rail, two men grabbed him by the neck, threw him from his work bicycle, and then took the bicycle. The bicycle, which belonged to his employer, was valued between $1,000 to $1,500.
Mendoza was inconsistent in reporting the facts as he knew them in regards to this incident, which raised the suspicions of the officers who were tasked with taking the initial report. The officers documented this on an investigation report with the information of an anonymous witness having observed someone take the bike into a building on Fifth Street. Detective Quinn was then assigned to investigate the Robbery. Using the information in regards this incident he began reviewing video footage backtracking the information provided by Mendoza and cross referencing with other sources of information. It was learned that Mendoza was observed in possession of the bike prior to the alleged Robbery. At no time was there any evidence of the robbery that was reported or any other person in possession of the bike other than Mendoza, before he reports being a victim to the initial reporting officers.
On October 04, 2018 a complaint was drawn up by Detective Quinn for the False report and Theft of his employer’s bicycle and the case is currently awaiting court proceedings. The possible penalty, if found guilty of these two crimes, is up to 6 ½ years imprisonment and up to $25,000.00 in fines/ restitution.
Chief Kenneth Ferrante was quoted as saying: “When individuals make false reports of violent crimes, like Robbery, that did not occur and it is done purposely to mask their own illegal or inappropriate conduct, they need to be charged. False reports of violent crimes create public panic, social media reactions that could be damaging to the city, and waste hours of law enforcement investigative resources trying to track incidents that never occurred.”