Just after 3 o’clock on the afternoon of July 4th, Hoboken Police arrested 34-year old Kerwin Whaley of Jersey City on aggravated assault and weapons charges pertaining to an incident that had taken place early in the evening on June 26th.
According to Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera, Commander of the Hoboken Police Investigation Bureau, the incident happened on the 500 block of Adams Street after police responded to a report around 7:44 pm of a group of disorderly males consuming alcohol and disturbing the peace.
Officer Kyle Seper was the first to respond. As Officer Seper was about to arrive, he was alerted to a dispute that just occurred in the area he was being dispatched to. Seper located the disorderly group of males and approached to investigate. As he was investigating the disorderly group, he noticed a male standing alone, away from the group and appeared to be holding himself up in the doorframe of a building. According tp the police report, Officer Seper then noticed the male was bleeding through his white shirt from his left lower abdomen area. Officer Seper called for an ambulance and assisted the male victim until medical care was taken over by the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance and Jersey City ALS.
The injury appeared to be a puncture wound consistent with a stabbing. ESU Sergeant Luke Zeszotarski, ESU Officer William Bullock, ESU Officer James Barbto, and Officer Michael Straten arrived to secure the scene and assist with the investigation. Officers Seper and Straten went with the victim to Jersey City Medical Center. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Detective Sergeant William Collins, Detective Paul Quinn, Detective John Quinones, and Detective Conor Milne responded. Through their investigation, the alleged actor was identified as Whaley. On July 1st, Detective Paul Quinn generated an arrest warrant for Whaley, who was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Certain Person not to Have a Weapon. Then on July 4th, Sergeant David Olivera learned of Kerwin Whaley’s location. Sergeant Olivera responded with Officer Anthony Olivera and Officer Joseph Lupo to the area of 837 Jersey Avenue in Jersey City and located Whaley. He was placed under arrest and a folding knife was found in his possession. Whaley was processed on the above listed charges and additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Certain Person not to Have a Weapon. The two additional charges were placed on a warrant. Whaley was also found to have a Hudson County Sheriff’s Warrant. Whaley was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.
He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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