Hoboken Police Detective Lieutenant Jonathan Mecka reports that the department has concluded a months-long investigation with the April 20 arrest of 19-year old, Jersey City resident Jaliyl Johnson, who was wanted on five, outstanding warrants. Johnson was taken into custody at 4th and Washington Streets.
The charges against Johnson are numerous and include the theft of numerous vehicles:
- January 25 – charged for theft of motor vehicle, eluding and receiving stolen property
- March 3 – receiving stolen property (vehicle)
- March 4 – burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt burglary and theft
- March 8 – eluding and receiving stolen property (vehicle)
- March 20 – resisting arrest by flight, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 1000ft of a school and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 500ft of a public park
According to Detective Lieutenant Mecka, on Wednesday April 20th, 2022 at approximately 2:36 pm, Detective Adam Colon was off duty in the area of 4th and Washington Streets. While there he recognized a wanted person named Jaliyl Johnson of Jersey City. Detective Colon contacted an on-duty supervisor who dispatched additional undercover units, but did not approach Johnson right away because he is considered a flight risk based on past actions.
When the undercover units arrived in the area, Johnson saw them and began to run away through the intersection of 4th and Washington Streets. The detectives pursued him on foot and ultimately fell to the ground with him. Johnson was safely placed under arrest with no further incident. During a search, Johnson was found to be in possession of what was believed to be cocaine. Based on this incident, Johnson was charged with resisting arrest by flight, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 1000 feet of a school and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a public park. Those charges were placed on a warrant.
On January 25th 2022, at approximately 9:45 pm until 10:30 pm Johnson committed theft of a motor vehicle, eluding and receiving stolen property. On that day, Uniform Patrol responded to area of 655 6th street on the report of a motor vehicle accident. They were provided a description of the striking vehicle which fled the area prior to police arriving. While there, a call for service came in for a stolen vehicle in the area of 5th and Adams Streets. When officers arrived in the area of 5th and Jefferson Streets, they located a vehicle that matched the description from the accident at 655 6th Street. The vehicle appeared to be abandoned. During that on-scene investigation, uniformed officers discovered the vehicle was reported stolen from Jersey City. A BOLO was provided on the newly stolen vehicle. Officer Marvin DeJesus observed the vehicle in question and attempted to pull it over, however, the driver sped off. Officers could not pursue the vehicle solely based on it being stolen and eluding. The vehicle was recovered on a later date in Jersey City.
On March 3rd, 2022, at approximately 8:25 pm, Johnson with charged for receiving stolen property (vehicle). While Detective Colon was investigating Johnson, he observed him operating a vehicle which was reported stolen in Jersey City.
On March 4th, 2022, at approximately 12:30 am, Johnson was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempted burglary and theft. On that date, Detective Colon observed him and two other unknown individuals unlawfully enter a parking garage at 770 Jackson Street. While in the garage they attempted to unlawfully enter numerous parked vehicles.
On April 8th, 2022, at 2:12 pm in the area of 5th and Monroe Streets, Johnson was charged with eluding and receiving stolen property (vehicle). On this date, Detective Michael Losurdo observed Johnson in the area of 3rd and Jackson Streets standing near a vehicle believed to be stolen in Jersey City. When Detective Losurdo circled the block, he saw Johnson entering the driver’s seat of the vehicle and at this time he attempted to pull him over. Johnson did not pull over. Instead, he fled at a high rate of speed. Detective Losurdo did not pursue the vehicle.
Following his arrest, Johnson was processed and then transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.
He is considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.
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