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Man claims woman hit her with car

A Hudson County woman has filed a police report to protect her and her family after she claimed a man tried to extort her by pretending that she hit him with her car at the corner of Fifth and Jefferson Streets last Friday, according to a police report.

The woman was heading east on Fifth Street around 10 a.m. last Friday when, at the corner of Jefferson, she noticed a man on the corner. They made eye contact, the police report said, and she began to make the right turn when the man walked into the intersection and fell down near the car.

According to the police report, the man then claimed to be injured though the woman told police that she was sure she had not hit him. Subsequently, he began to ask the woman for $50, which she refused to give him. She offered to call the police, at which point he began yelling and cursing at her, said the report.

The man then took the woman’s license plate number and said he would file a police report “if his knee hurt him later.” He then walked away, apparently showing no signs of an injury.

At the time police processed the woman’s report, they had not heard from the man. He was described in the report as caucasian with brown hair, wearing a black jacket, multicolored scarf and a red hooded sweatshirt. He was apparently carrying a green plastic milk carton.

Jewel heist on Jefferson

A Hoboken woman returned from her routine workout last Friday to find that $850 worth of her gold jewelry – which she’d only taken off two hours before – was stolen from her Jefferson Street apartment, according to a police report.

Officers responded to the woman’s apartment on the 400 block of Jefferson just after 5:30 p.m. last Friday. According to the report, the woman returned home from work around 3 p.m., removed her jewelry and put it in a box in her bedroom, then left the apartment for a workout.

When she returned, the report said, she noticed that the bedroom door she’d left ajar was fully closed, and that the jewelry box was empty. The woman’s roommate was out of town, she told police, adding that she didn’t believe any of the roommate’s belongings were stolen.

The stolen items included a gold ring holding a garnet birthstone worth $500, a white gold heart necklace worth $200, a pair of gold earrings worth $100, and a gold locket worth $50. The woman told police that she has renter’s insurance.

Both the door to the apartment and the balcony door were secured and showed no signs of forced entry, the report said. There were no security cameras in the building’s lobby. According to police, building management should have been the only people besides the woman and her roommate with keys to the apartment.

The jewelry box was taken into police custody to be processed for fingerprints.

‘Looking for my wife’

A Hoboken man was hit with drug and weapons charges after police subdued him in a Housing Authority hallway after allegedly finding him in possession of a 10-inch-long knife and cocaine, according to a police report.

Officers responded to the fifth floor of 501 Marshall Drive, a Hoboken Housing Authority building, just before midnight a week ago Friday on multiple reports of a man screaming and banging on various apartment doors, the report said. As they approached the fifth floor, they found Thomas J. Gorham, 57, sitting in the stairwell. Gorham appeared to be intoxicated, the report said, and he told officers that he lived in a separate housing authority building but was looking for his wife.

He told police that he’d been drinking “a little bit,” the report said, and when he bent over to pick up a scarf from the ground, officers spotted the handle of knife near his left hip. An officer immediately grabbed the knife while Gorham was not looking while other officers placed him under arrest, the report said.

During a search of Gorham’s person, officers recovered an empty pack of Newport cigarettes which, according to the report, contained alleged cocaine wrapped in a one dollar bill.

Gorham was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession, use, or being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and defiant trespassing.

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