Busy day of incidents in Hoboken!
Unusually high level of sirens & activity in town
One might think that a Saturday in the middle of a holiday weekend would be quiet and incident-free.
Not the case, as the past hour or so in the Mile Square has been buzzing and howling with sirens from police and fire activity.
Duffy the perpetual drunk homeless offender
“Duffy” has to be the most prolific individual in terms of the number of hours he’s logged using up police resources in Hoboken. This homeless man has had his name said aloud on the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel hundreds of times, and always finds himself in the middle of some altercation, disturbing the peace incident or lewd behavior.
Today, he was spotted urinating in public in front of 106 Clinton Street. Police had a complaint signed by the witness, and were told to issue the summons to Duffy once they ran into him again. Duffy made the HPD’s job easier, by passing out a block away, and the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance picked him up for a “man down” call – and took him to the hospital, where HPD then gave him the summons.
Shoplifter fall nature hike & chase
Also in the past hour – a report of a alleged shoplifter at the Rite Aid at 13th and Willow was called in. The manager of the store suspected the man, wearing “a bubble jacket, tan cap and tan pants,” and requested that he stop – when the man ran out of the store. The brave manager phone police, then chased the suspect westbound towards the light rail tracks where he maintained visual contact. Hoboken Police then went after the suspect into the “woods” as well as the top of the 14th St. Viaduct. Hudson County Police even offered K9 units to help track the man down.
The HPD Sergeant on-duty said that wasn’t necessary, due to the petty nature of the suspected crime – and didn’t feel the use of the dogs was appropriate. They abandoned the search, and instead decided to review surveillance tapes. Hoboken Police said that the footage didn’t show the man stealing anything, but the manager had suspected this individual of stealing items in the past.
Uptown Fire Calls
Several calls have kept HFD busy this afternoon as well – with an “odor of something burning” call at 1129 Washington Street – as well as “fire alarms activated” at the YMCA at 1301 Washington Street.
Both calls were situations other than a real fire, as is the case with 99% of all Hoboken Fire Calls. Based on Hoboken411’s observations – the top three reasons the Fire Department is dispatched are:
- Careless cooking (burnt food)
- Construction-related (knocked sprinkler heads, dust, fumes)
- Weather-related (water leaks, wind)
Have a nice day, Hoboken – and feel at ease, as our civil-service departments have lots of practice and remain quick to respond!