Clever library staffer helps nab alleged attacker
A man who allegedly attacked and tried to rob a woman on Willow Street in late December was finally apprehended on Monday after an alert Hoboken Public Library staffer told police he had allegedly stolen XBox games from them, and was allegedly in the process of doing so again, a police report said.
Brian Jimenez, 34, whose address was listed by police as a Jersey City homeless shelter, was charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, making terroristic threats, and theft of library services.
On Dec. 27 around 11:45 p.m., police responded to reports of a woman being robbed at gunpoint near a Willow Avenue liquor store.
According to the report, Jimenez allegedly approached a woman from behind at the store on Willow Avenue, threw a coat over her head, and told her that if she didn’t hand over her money, he would rape her. When the woman said she had no money, Jimenez allegedly poked a gun in her back and threatened to kill her, the report said.
The woman then apparently offered to use her ATM card at the nearby liquor store to withdraw money for Jimenez, but when they arrived minutes later, she told the store employee to call police, the report said. When this occurred, Jimenez took off, unsuccessfully pursued by one of the store’s patrons.
Days later, police responded to a report from a library employee who said a man who had been observed allegedly stealing video games three times since the new year was allegedly doing it again. Jimenez, whose appearance matched that of the man caught on library surveillance tapes, was found with a bag full of video games and arrested on the second floor of the library, according to a separate report.
That’s where some sharp detectivework came in.
While Jimenez was being questioned at police headquarters, a detective noticed that he matched the description of the man caught on the liquor store’s surveillance cameras the day of the attempted robbery. When questioned about the earlier events, Jimenez confessed to both crimes, police said.
Throw the (text)book at him!
An Oklahoma man who was convicted of stealing $2.8 million in textbooks from the Hoboken-based publisher John Wiley & Sons was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.
Christopher Brock, 45, of Yukon, Okla., managed the theft through a series of schemes involving diverting free samples meant for educators and reselling them at a reduced price. In all, Brock brought in about $450,000 for the nearly 16,000 stolen books, which were worth about $3 million.
When he worked for Wiley, he was based in his home state but had access to computer data in the company’s Hoboken offices. Working as a district sales supervisor, Brock apparently spent seven years, starting in 2006, redirecting samples meant for local college professors to resellers who, in turn, paid him through a PayPal account, authorities said.
Brock pleaded guilty to the charges in September of last year. Brock was sentenced in a Newark federal courtroom. In addition to prison, Brock was sentenced to two years of community service.
Got a blank space where my mind should be!
A man suffering from bruises to the face and severe intoxication stumbled up the ramp of the Hoboken Police Department last Saturday. He told police he’d been beaten up by a pair of African-American men in the back of a car, but he couldn’t tell police how he’d gotten to their headquarters or any details of the attack, a report said.
When he arrived at Police Headquarters around 3:40 a.m., the man told police that he had consumed two bottles of wine at a Fourteenth Street bar but had left when he became involved in a verbal altercation because he thought someone had stolen his coat. He then apparently took a cab to his downtown apartment, retrieved his coat, and left the apartment.
In retelling the story to the police, he eventually added that when he left the bar after drinking, he found himself in the back of a car with two black men, and that they allegedly beat him on the face and ribs.
The police took the man to Hoboken University Medical Center. The man received x-rays and a CT scan, which were not completed by the time police wrote their report.
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