Violent weekend in Hoboken
Bias attacks, angry boyfriends, inexplicable assaults
Even in a mile square city like Hoboken, there is no shortage of incidents each week involving alcohol-infused assaults.
Here are a few noteworthy situations that Hoboken Police had to deal with this past weekend:
Bias attack: Downtown head bashing
On Sunday morning at approximately 2:40am, Hoboken Police were dispatched to the area of 1st and Washington Streets, where a fight was reported. Police arrived to a large crowd of about 40 people surrounding an unconscious male in the middle of the street who was bleeding from the head.
The victim, who was Vietnamese, said a Hispanic male – who was a passenger in a gold-colored Toyota Camry approached him and yelled racial comments and obscenities – including calling him a “chink,” referring to his Asian ethnicity. According to a friend of the victim, the actor suddenly struck the victim in the back of the head and knocked him out, then returned to the vehicle which sped away. The victim’s friend tried chasing the Camry, and attempted to pull the license plate off. Other witnesses gave police the license plate number of the vehicle in question.
After multiple follow-ups with Bayonne Police, and searching through the NJ Motor Vehicle database – Hoboken police successfully caught up with the registered owner of the car – a 25 year-old female from Bayonne. The female admitted to being in Hoboken that night, and was brought to Hoboken Police headquarters for questioning, where after initially providing false information – she relinquished the name of the actor who assaulted the victim.
Charles Lee, 23 of Bayonne – turned himself in to Hoboken Police and was charged with Aggravated Assault, Bias Intimidation and Endangering the welfare of an injured victim. He apologized, saying he was sorry for punching the victim, and “didn’t mean for him to get hurt.”
Drunk boyfriend assaults girlfriend, resists arrest
Saturday afternoon, Hoboken Police were dispatched to 5th and Monroe, for reports of a domestic violence incident. According to the 25 year-old female victim, she was excused early from her job at a medical office in Hoboken, and phoned her boyfriend of 8 years, Damien Hollingsworth, 29 for ride home. Sensing that he may have been intoxicated, she changed her mind and got a ride home from a co-worker instead.
Upon arrival, Hollingsworth tried provoking a fight with the co-worker, but then attacked the female in front of the apartment. The assault continued inside, where the female was back-handed, tackled and sustained multiple injuries, cuts and burns.
Hoboken Police arrived to investigate, and Hollingsworth – who had visible abrasions on his hands – tried leaving the scene, despite orders from police to stop. A struggle ensued, but police eventually placed Hollingsworth under arrest, charged with simple assault and resisting arrest with force. He also had two outstanding warrants in Jersey City where he resides. The female victim refused to be taken to the hospital, saying she’d have her private physician treat the injuries. The two love-birds have a five year-old daughter.
Snapple Attack at Light Rail
At approximately 2:30am on Sunday morning, Hoboken Police were notified by Jersey City Medical Center that they had a male victim who was bleeding from the head – saying he was assaulted with a glass bottle somewhere in Hoboken.
HPD responded to JCMC and met with the 19 year-old victim, who had just returned from getting a cat-scan on his head. The victim, who works at a local Hoboken pizza parlor as a bus-boy, said he walked to the 2nd Street Light Rail after work at around 11pm, and was approached by two black males, punched in the head by one of the actors and knocked to the ground. As he tried getting to his feet to “defend” himself, he heard the two actors laughing, and the other male struck him in the forehead with a glass Snapple bottle. He had no other memories after that, including how he got to the hospital. He had deep 2 1/2 inch gash on his head. This apparently wasn’t a robbery, because he had his wallet and other possessions.
Police are investigating surveillance footage from the cameras installed at the Light Rail station.
Punched for no reason
A 25 year-old Union City Male said he was walking east from 1st and Bloomfield, when he approached a group of three black males. One of the three actors punched him in the face, above the right eye.
The victim couldn’t offer much of a description other than one actor had “corn row or dread lock” style hair, and the other two had short hair. He said he could identify the victims, but a search of the area by Hoboken Police yielded negative results. Hoboken EMS treated the victim on scene, and he refused further treatment.
Why all the anger people?