Arrestee: Gerard R. Fleetwood 36 y/o Male from Jersey City, NJ
Arrest Location: 600 8th Street Hoboken, NJ 7030
Arrest Date and Time: 08/16/20 at 12:26 AM
Offenses: Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Possession of a Weapons for Unlawful Purposes, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, Terroristic Threats, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Certain Persons not to Have Weapons
Incident Detail: Shortly after midnight, at around 12:11 AM, on August 16, 2020, Officer Kyle Seper and Sergeant Anthony Russo responded to the area of 2nd and River Street on a reported burglary and theft. They were met by a male victim from Elizabeth, NJ and a female victim from Newark, NJ. The two victims reported that they were sitting in the back seat of their vehicle with the vehicle idling with its lights on. As they sat there, an unknown male entered the vehicle through the front passenger door and appeared to be startled that the vehicle was occupied. The unknown male then grabbed the female’s cell phone from the front passenger seat and ran northbound on River Street. The male victim ran after the unknown male and in the area of 3rd and River Street, the actor turned around and brandished a knife at the male victim. At this time the male victim stopped chasing the actor and the actor fled running westbound. The Hoboken Police Department was then notified. Through investigation, the victim’s cell phone was tracked to the area of 7th and Madison Street. Officers were dispatched to the area along with a description of the actor. Officer Joseph Spano and Officer Daniel Barron located a male matching the description in the area of 8th and Madison Street. The male now identified as Gerard R. Fleetwood 36 y/o Male from Jersey City, NJ was ordered to stop for investigation. Officer Tyler Soto and Officer Joseph Lupo arrived as backup. The investigation led to finding the victim’s cell phone case and a knife in his possession. Fleetwood was advised that he was being placed under arrest and resisted by tensing his body, preventing officers from placing handcuffs on him. Officer Spano and Officer Soto wrestled Fleetwood to the ground and as they did a second knife fell out of Fleetwood’s pocket. Officers gain control of Fleetwood, he was placed in handcuffs, and transported to police headquarters. At headquarters, Fleetwood refused to exit the back seat of the radio car. As a result, officers had to carry Fleetwood into headquarters. While in the processing room, Fleetwood continued to refuse directions. Officers attempted to secure Fleetwood to a bench by removing one of his cuffed wrists. As they did, Fleetwood started to flare his arms around, screaming, and act erratic. This caused the Officers to bring Fleetwood to the ground and re-secure his handcuffs. As a result Officer Tyler Soto suffered a laceration to his right arm and pain to his right knee. Sergeant Saverio Binetti suffered pain to his left hand. Officer Tyler Soto was taken to Hoboken University Medical Center where he was treated and as a result booked off injured. Sergeant Saverio Binetti was treated by an ambulance and sought no further treatment. Sergeant Binetti returned to full duty with no restriction. Fleetwood was charged with Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Possession of a Weapons for Unlawful Purposes, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, Terroristic Threats, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Certain Persons not to Have Weapons. His charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. The victim’s cell phone was not located on Fleetwood at the time of his arrest. But, was later located between two cars in the area of 8th and Madison Street where Fleetwood was arrested.
Defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of Law.
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