Police are still looking for a group of West New York juveniles who allegedly attacked two residents in separate incidents last month.
The first incident occurred on Jan. 28 at around 11:15 p.m. on 61st Street and Harrison Avenue when a 47-year-old man was allegedly hit in the face by a juvenile in a group, and then allegedly assaulted by other members of the group. According to a press release from the police, the man ran off and jumped into a taxi, which brought him to Police Headquarters, where he reported the incident.
On the same day at approximately 11:40 p.m., another man was allegedly robbed and assaulted by a group of 10 juveniles at 65th Street and Hudson Avenue. The victim said he was sitting down when the teenagers allegedly approached him and demanded money.
When he refused, they allegedly attacked him and one of the juveniles allegedly went through his pockets for money. A male friend of the victim saw the assault and came to his aid. One of the youths allegedly struck the friend who proceeded to defend himself, and the group reportedly ran off.
Both victims were transported to the Palisades Medical Center by the West New York Emergency Medical Squad and treated for minor injuries sustained from being punched in the nose.
“We think they were the same group of teens because both incidents occurred in a similar area,” West New York Police Captain Mike Zitt said last week. He also reported that the victims were brought back to the area of the incidents to identify the perpetrators, but neither could identify them.
No one was arrested.
In other WNY police news…
Also according to a release from the West New York police, 18-year-old Kevin Dejesus Bombon of North Bergen was arrested in West New York for credit card fraud and theft of stolen property on Jan. 29 after allegedly using a credit card he found on the ground to make unauthorized local purchases at Burger King, Quik Check, and GameStop.
After the card was reported missing, Det. George Ramos responded to the GameStop on 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue. He obtained an image of an individual using the card to make a purchase.
On Jan. 29 Officer Carlos Enriquez recognized Bombon from the store’s surveillance photo Ramos showed him and brought him to the West New York Police Headquarters for questioning. According to a press release, he admitted to finding and using the stolen card and was placed under arrest.
Alleged that her cousin took car
At around 11 p.m. on Jan. 26, a 26-year-old Jersey City resident filed a complaint with the West New York Police Department alleging that her cousin, a 20-year-old man, took her car without her permission.
The man allegedly used the vehicle to drive to West New York, where he was stopped by police for allegedly driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving with a suspended license. The car was then towed.
West New York Officer Eric Garciga arrested the man and charged him with theft and the unlawful taking of a means of conveyance.
West New York resident Marcelo Garcia, 26, was arrested for aggravated assault on Jan. 30 at around 2:30 a.m. after a disturbance on 51st Street was called in to police.
Officer Robert Leon responded to the call and found Garcia allegedly yelling and screaming. When Leon attempted to calm him down, Garcia was allegedly non-compliant and proceeded to resist arrest and push Leon, according to a media release.
Two other officers came to Leon’s aid and placed Garcia under arrest.
Fifty-seven-year-old West New Yorker Miriam Gonzalez was arrested for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer, and leaving the scene of an accident at 7:52 p.m. on Jan. 22 after witnesses said they saw her allegedly hit two parked cars while driving in Weehawken.
After Weehawken Police were informed of the incident, Gonzalez was placed into the custody of the West New York police, who gave her three standard field sobriety tests, which she allegedly failed. Gonzalez allegedly would not cooperate and refused a Breathalyzer test, after which she was arrested by Officers Madelyn Velasquez and Richard Alvaro.
Stopped on a dime
Eighteen-year-old Alberto Peguero was arrested at 61st Street on Jan. 20 at 9:20 p.m. for possession of under one ounce of marijuana. The arrest was made after Sgt. Frank Steffe witnessed Peguero engaged in an exchange of what Steffe believed to be a controlled dangerous substance, police said.
Steffe contacted Det.s Juan Laffont, Yosbel Mompellier, and Edward Rivera, who said they stopped Peguero and found the marijuana allegedly in his possession.
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