On Saturday, March 7th, the day of Hoboken’s pre-St. Patrick’s day bar crawl, the Hoboken Police Department received hundreds of calls reporting various incidents.
Many people were ticketed for violating city ordinances, according to officials. Most of them were for drinking in public or urinating in public and some were related to motor vehicle offenses. Some of the following incidents and arrests were reported Saturday night:
At around 8:59 p.m. officers were dispatched to 400 Clinton St. on report of a fight, according to police reports. When officers arrived they observed a man bent over and bleeding from his nose. Witnesses and the victim claimed that a comment was made in passing which upset the man and caused him to struck the victim in the face. The man also assaulted the victim’s friend as he attempted to help the victim.
Shawn Mestre, 26 of hoboken, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault against the victim’s friend and bail jumping. Police discovered Mestre had a $99.00 active warrant out of Jersey City. He was later released on summons.
At around 11:00 p.m. officers received a call of a male attempting to set himself on fire. Officers arrived at 158 4th St. where they observed a victim lying on the sidewalk being treated by Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance members, according to police reports. Lieutenant Michael Detrizio and Sergeant Steven Aguiar stated that they observed the victim’s jacket partially engulfed in flames and immediately assisted the victim by attempting to remove the jacket while it was on fire. They were able to remove the jacket and extinguish the fire. The victim suffered a minor burn injury to the side of his rib cage. He was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for further treatment.
Also at around 11:00 p.m., officials responded to 400 Washington St. on report of a person who lost his car keys and believed someone stole them. As the officers circled the area looking for the male who allegedly took the keys the victim observed a man walk up to his car, enter and start looking inside. The victim ran over to his vehicle and held the man until police arrived. The man was in fact in possession of the victim’s car keys and handed them to the victim.
Duane Daniels, 22 of Newark and Herbert Chacon, 23, of Hillside, were both placed under arrest and charged with burglary and criminal attempt theft. They were transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility on a $10,000 bail each.
At around 1:10 a.m. on March 8th police approached a male near 89 Washington St. who was behaving aggressively. According to police reports, he was shouting and acting in a disorderly manner in full view of passing public. When the offices tried to calm him down he began cursing at them.
Carlos Urina, 25 of Union City, was arrested for disorderly conduct and later released on summons.