Hoboken Police Detail Weekend of Crime and Arrests: Shoplifting, Drugs, and Assault Among Charges

The Hoboken Police Department has released its blotter report from February 17th to February 20th, 2023, highlighting several arrests and charges made by the officers.

On February 19th, 2023, around 7:20 a.m., officers Kyle Seper and Marvin DeJesus responded to a call at 320 Marshall Dr. On arrival, they found Erick Zepeda, a 22-year-old resident of West New York, sitting in the building’s stairwell. The officers escorted him outside as he was not a resident of the building. However, Officer Harry Montalvo recognized Zepeda from a previous incident where he was issued a summons for urinating in public. Consequently, Zepeda was released with a summons for defiant trespassing.

The following day, February 20th, 2023, officers Wilfredo Gomez, Michael Aviles, Tyrone Huggins, and Sgt. Roary Miller were called to ShopRite at 900 Madison St. following reports of a shoplifting incident. Upon arrival, the store manager informed the officers that the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old George Xenakis from Jersey City, had dropped all the items and left the store. Sgt. Miller located Xenakis outside the store and searched him, finding a laundry bag containing 51 packages of bacon, worth $259.49. During the arrest, officers also found a small clear glass vial with a red top containing a white rock-like substance believed to be CDS crack cocaine in Xenakis’s pocket. Consequently, he was charged with shoplifting, CDS/possession, and hindering apprehension and taken to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

On the same day, Marino Ortiz, a 45-year-old resident of Union City, was arrested and charged with shoplifting at Walgreens, 1320 Shipyard Ln. Officers Paul Quinn and Samuel Flores responded to the store following reports of a man known to employees as a shoplifter. Upon arrival, the officers found Ortiz in the last aisle with a bulging jacket. An investigation of store surveillance video revealed Ortiz filling his backpack with merchandise. Upon arrest, officers found more merchandise under his sweatshirt, in his coat pocket, and backpack. The items found amounted to $1,375.02, and it was learned that Ortiz had three open warrants for shoplifting in Hoboken. Consequently, he was charged with shoplifting, processed on all three warrants, and taken to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Lastly, on the same day, at 7:40 p.m., 59-year-old Kenneth Harvin of Jersey City was arrested at 421 Newark St. and charged with simple assault and bail jumping. Officers Christopher Barral and John Cirillo were on patrol near the Valero gas station and witnessed Harvin push a woman from behind, causing her to lose her balance. The victim fled the scene before officers could get her information. An investigation found Harvin had a warrant issued out of Hoboken, and he was consequently arrested, processed, and taken to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.