Watch your back on Hoboken streets!
Thugs want to take your belongings
In a mile square city packed with energetic young people and establishments that serve alcohol, “drunk and disorderly” incidents and fights are not surprising, and are the norm on a weekly basis here. You can avoid situations like this simply by avoiding them and not becoming inebriated yourself.
However, robberies on the street are something we should we should all be vigilant about and also take steps to prevent. Two such robberies are detailed below.
4th Ward Robbery by force
As she entered the parking garage, an unidentified black male rushed in, punched her in the stomach and snatched her handbag from her. The male was described as short, wearing a red t-shirt and jeans. The silver clutch that was taken contained a cell phone, credit cards, drivers license and keys.
Shortly thereafter, a bouncer from another bar in Hoboken was walking home when he saw the commotion around the corner and ran over to help. A second, taller black male wearing a black t-shirt and Chicago White Sox baseball cap met the bouncer and proceeded to punch him in the face.
The two actors fled north on Madison Street.
Police searching the area after the incident could not locate the suspects.
“Nice” robbers turn mean and steal anyway
This past Friday, a 25 year-old female had been enjoying her time at City Bistro. After the night was over, she left the bar and began walking home to her downtown Grand St. apartment. She was walking west on 14th Street when two black males approached her and began talking to her. She said that the males were “nice” to her, asking innocent questions, and even talking about a sick father one of them had.
During this walk, one of the actors even offered to carry her handbag for her. Not wanting to “agitate” the men, she allowed them to have it. While one man continued conversing with her, the other handed the bag back to her but then quickly shoved her to the ground, causing her to scrape her knees. The two men then ran off in an unknown direction.
Befuddled, the female victim then decided to sit on a nearby stoop to collect herself. At this point, she was in the area of 9th and Monroe Streets (by the Shop Rite). She realized that her handbag was missing items, including her keys, debit card, drivers license and cell phone.
Limited description was known about the two actors other than one was short and wearing gym shorts, the other had a white t-shirt on. She was transported to Police Headquarters but refused medical attention, then transported back to her downtown apartment.
Attention ladies: Best to avoid walking home alone late at night! At the very least skip the last drink and use that money for cab fare!