POLICE BEAT
by Compiled by Amanda Palasciano
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Man allegedly punched and kicked 20 times near 700 First St.

A Jersey City man told police that he was walking near 700 First St. toward Paterson Plank Road on March 13 after 9 p.m., and three males and one female started yelling at him. As he continued to walk, he was allegedly attacked by all of them. They were all believed to be Hispanic or Asian, the police report said.

The group allegedly punched and kicked the man 20 times. The man was able to remember a Nets cap and skateboard from the group. Police are investigating.

Playstation and bike stolen from Third and Madison apartment

A Playstation, a video game, and a bike were taken from a Third and Madison street apartment sometime between March 12 and March 13, according to a police report. The apartment showed no sign of forced entry. The victim allegedly said that sometimes residents do not secure the front door. The estimated total value of the items was $1,000.

Thankless jobs

Hoboken resident Alexander Gerskovich, 38, a customer in a hotel bar, was charged with simple assault early morning on Sunday, March 10. According to a police report, Gerskovich was allegedly verbally abusive to a bathroom attendant. Security removed Gerskovich, who then allegedly attacked the security guard by striking him in the face. Police said the security guard defended himself by striking back.

Right time, wrong cab

An anonymous female was allegedly harassed by a taxi driver outside of her home on March 9. The victim told police that she and her daughter had called a cab to go to New York. When she got downstairs, a local cab company’s car was waiting.

The woman tried to get in and the cabbie yelled at her, using profane language, she told police. No charges were pressed.

If you see something, say something

On Wednesday, March 6, a woman called police after she saw a man in her Bloomfield Street building who she said was carrying a green duffel bag and a screwdriver.

Police responded and charged Muhammed Alkisswani, 38, with criminal trespass and possession of burglary tools.

A later search pulled up arrests of Alkisswani in New York, Tennessee, and Virginia, police said.

It’s a sin

Donation boxes were allegedly stolen outside St. Ann’s Church at 704 Jefferson on the night of March 6.

No one was charged, but a homeless man who stayed in the rear of the church was named a “person of interest,” according to a police spokesman.

To put it bluntly

Josh Lessane of Jersey City was charged on March 6 with defiant trespass, possession of CDS marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of CDS marijuana within 500 feet of federal housing, and possession of paraphernalia after being caught with nine clear Ziploc bags of green vegetation believed to be marijuana, according to a police report.

Lessane was in a group of men allegedly trespassing in a Hoboken public housing building, the report said. The males were first approached by police who smelled marijuana. Officers saw a partially smoked marijuana cigar or “blunt” near one of the men, according to the report. A 19-year–old and 21-year-old who live in Hoboken were also charged with defiant trespass.

Yonkers and Jersey City residents charged in Hoboken

Stephen E. Rhone Jr. and Angel Corraliza-Romero, residents of Jersey City and Yonkers respectively, were charged with trespassing, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, use of a controlled substance, and unlicensed entry of structures near 501 Jackson Street on the night of March 6 and early morning March 7. Rhone and Corraliza-Romero were caught allegedly smoking what appeared to be a blunt outside, but discarded it when police asked them to hand it over, according to a police report.

Alleged attempt at heroin purchase

North Bergen resident Amanda Guben, 23, was charged on Wednesday, March 6 with possession of a hypodermic needle. Police said they observed a slow-moving BMW braking in the area of 400 Marshall Drive. After conducting a motor vehicle stop, they saw a syringe in plain sight, according to a police report. Guben allegedly confessed to trying to purchase heroin but did not get it yet.

Smoking apartment leads authorities to allegedly smoking man

The Hoboken Fire Department recently responded to a call about smoke coming from a Ninth Street apartment and found Karl Chung, 28, unconscious. The smoke was caused by unattended cooking. Police responded to the scene and were initially unable to wake Chung up. HVAC personnel were also called and were able to wake him up. Police found what they believed to be marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia inside the apartment. Chung was charged with possession under 50 grams and intent to use, paraphernalia.

Seven partially-smoked marijuana cigarettes Jose M. Gibbs, 26, was charged with defiant trespass and possession, use, or being under the influence when he was found in the stairwell of 655 Fifth St. last week, according to a police report. Gibbs is not a resident of 655 Fifth St., nor was he signed in to the Hoboken Housing Authority building, according to the report. Seven partially-smoked marijuana cigarettes were found in a Marlboro box that was allegedly on Gibbs’ person, the report said.

Trespassing

Donald Pritchett, 46, was charged with criminal trespass on March 5 after entering a Willow Avenue apartment.

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