Police seek two suspects after woman followed, robbed in Hoboken; witnesses intervene
At approximately 2:50 a.m. on Sunday April 9, a Hoboken woman was walking home when she noticed two men who appeared to be following her. As she was getting closer to her residence in northwestern Hoboken she began to run and noticed the men running behind her. Fearing for her safety, she immediately entered her building.
One of the men was able to gain entry and allowed the second male to enter. Once inside one of the men attempted to take her purse and then struck her in the face with a closed fist. She sustained bruising as a result. After a brief struggle, the men were able to take her iPhone and purse. But two witnesses saw the struggle and intervened and were able to retrieve her purse before the men fled the scene.
During this ongoing investigation police are requesting information on the two suspects.
The first man is described as a black male with a dark complexion in his mid twenties. He had a heavy set body frame and was approximately 5’ll” to six feet tall. He was wearing a blue Polo-type short sleeved shirt. The second man is also described as a black male with a dark complexion in his mid twenties. He had a thin build and was wearing a white jacket and baseball cap.
If anyone has information on the suspects call or email Detective Edward Lepre at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the investigative bureau at (201) 420-2110 or (201)420-2109
Man on the ground
On Monday April 24, a 28-year-old homeless man from Hoboken, Felix Dilone, was arrested at 9:54 a.m. and charged with bail jumping.
Officers Matthew Isler and Samuel Flores were on patrol in the area of Fourth and Jackson streets when they observed Dilone on the ground. An ambulance was called to the scene then it was determined Dilone was sleeping in the street and not injured. Officers ran a check and discovered he had an outstanding warrant from West New York, according to the department’s press release. He was released with a court date.
Hoboken resident charged with drug possession
Hoboken resident Carmelo Velez, 34, was arrested Monday April 24 at 10:33 a.m. He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and having a warrant from the Hudson County Sheriff’s department.
Lieutenant Danilo Cabrera and Officer Samuel Flores were patrolling the area of Third Street and Marshall Drive when, according to a release, they observed Velez swaying back and forth. The officers approached the defendant and believed he was allegedly under the influence. After speaking with Velez, they placed him under arrest and searched him. During their search they found him to allegedly be in possession of a plastic Ziploc type bag filled with green vegetation they suspected was marijuana.
He was taken into custody and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional facility after receiving treatment at Hoboken University Medical Center.