Violent weekend in Hoboken

7/26/2010:

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

Early Saturday morning, at approximately 1:30am, Police responded to 1st and Bloomfield Street on reports of an assault.

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?

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31 Comments on "Violent weekend in Hoboken"

getz76
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getz76

1010 WINS was running the Charles Lee story this morning in their rotation. No mention of where they sourced the story from…

Stpaddygirl
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The heat?

getz76
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getz76

The problem being, there are less than 300 NJ Transit police in the state, and not all of them are beat cops.

Do you think Hoboken’s light-rail stations are top priority? There are some spots in NJ that are just a bit more dicey…

animalcrackers
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animalcrackers

And watch as it gets worse and worse with fewer cops on the street. And already piis poor job proviiding rec for kids gets worse with fewer workers, closed parks and crap pool. It’s time we privatized rec in this town. This guy Pellegrini gets nasty and acts like he’s doing poor kids a favor by opening a crap pool after the majority of the heat wave. What a fine group this mayor has put together.

Hawk3y3
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Hawk3y3

It’s going to take someone getting killed for HPD to dedicate at least one cop to each light rail station. If they can have an officer stationed in Shoprite all day then why not two more (even just after hours) for the light rail. I can recall at least two Hbk411 stories in the past few months where the alleged perps disappeared near light rail stations. The issue definitely seems to be ‘too much Brass and not enough beat cops’.

Hoboken007
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Hoboken007

Hawk – you are spot on. The light rail is a huge problem. Dedicate a cop to each station (only two) … and close down the projects. Two out of the four incidents posted here were perps from the projects. They typically are…[quote comment=”195068″]It’s going to take someone getting killed for HPD to dedicate at least one cop to each light rail station. If they can have an officer stationed in Shoprite all day then why not two more (even just after hours) for the light rail. I can recall at least two Hbk411 stories in the past few months where the alleged perps disappeared near light rail stations. The issue definitely seems to be ‘too much Brass and not enough beat cops’.[/quote]

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

NJ Transit Police should be patrolling the light rail stations, not HPD. I think the Shoprite cop is probably doing off duty security. The economy sucks. Crime is on the rise. Not a good time to cut cops.[quote comment=”195068″]It’s going to take someone getting killed for HPD to dedicate at least one cop to each light rail station. If they can have an officer stationed in Shoprite all day then why not two more (even just after hours) for the light rail. I can recall at least two Hbk411 stories in the past few months where the alleged perps disappeared near light rail stations. The issue definitely seems to be ‘too much Brass and not enough beat cops’.[/quote]

Hawk3y3
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Hawk3y3

Thanks for the correction RTD  🙂

Xyzpdq – Then HPD should be working with the Port Authority Police to ensure these areas are safe. They know the Second and Ninth Street stations are areas where crimes are either being committed with some frequency or used as exit points for those committing crimes in town. It would be more than a little disconcerting to think that the PD is turning their head to anything that happens there b/c it’s not their problem. If I’m not mistaken, both stations are entirely within Hoboken.
[quote comment=”195078″]NJ Transit Police should be patrolling the light rail stations, not HPD. I think the Shoprite cop is probably doing off duty security. The economy sucks. Crime is on the rise. Not a good time to cut cops.[/quote]

getz76
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getz76

Try again… NJ Transit Police, not Port Authority Police.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Transit_Police_Department

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Authority_Police%5Bquote comment=”195090″]Thanks for the correction RTD  Xyzpdq – Then HPD should be working with the Port Authority Police to ensure these areas are safe. They know the Second and Ninth Street stations are areas where crimes are either being committed with some frequency or used as exit points for those committing crimes in town. It would be more than a little disconcerting to think that the PD is turning their head to anything that happens there b/c it’s not their problem. If I’m not mistaken, both stations are entirely within Hoboken.

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Hawk3y3
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Hawk3y3

Whoever I don’t care if it’s the f’ing care bear’s lair – my point remains the same, it’s in Hoboken, affects the residents’ safety here and HPD shouldn’t ignore it. Here’s a re-written bitchin’ compaint:

Xyzpdq – Then HPD should be working with the TRANSIT Police to ensure these areas are safe. They know the Second and Ninth Street stations are areas where crimes are either being committed with some frequency or used as exit points for those committing crimes in town. It would be more than a little disconcerting to think that the PD is turning their head to anything that happens there b/c it’s not their problem. If I’m not mistaken, both stations are entirely within Hoboken.[quote comment=”195091″]Try again… NJ Transit Police, not Port Authority Police.[/quote]

getz76
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getz76

That pretty much sums it up. [quote comment=”195078″]NJ Transit Police should be patrolling the light rail stations, not HPD. I think the Shoprite cop is probably doing off duty security. The economy sucks. Crime is on the rise. Not a good time to cut cops.

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RTD
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Hawk, FYI, that cop that is in ShopRite is not working during his/her regular shift. They are being paid by ShopRite to be there. Just wanted to inform you of this so you can properly present your argument.[quote comment=”195068″]It’s going to take someone getting killed for HPD to dedicate at least one cop to each light rail station. If they can have an officer stationed in Shoprite all day then why not two more (even just after hours) for the light rail. I can recall at least two Hbk411 stories in the past few months where the alleged perps disappeared near light rail stations. The issue definitely seems to be ‘too much Brass and not enough beat cops’.[/quote]

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