At 2:27 a.m., while on patrol along Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North at Hamilton St., police said an officer spotted a 2006 Jeep sticking out in the road with a man asleep in the driver’s seat and the motor running.
Police said the officer shut off the ignition, grabbed the keys and roused the driver, Luis D. Fangacio, 25, of East Newark.
After further investigation, police arrested Fangacio on a DUI charge.
At 3:08 a.m., while on patrol near the PATH station, police said an officer was flagged down by an individual standing on the north side of the street near what appeared to be a two-car accident.
One of the drivers told police he’d stopped for a red light at Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South and Guyon Drive and, when the light turned green, he started to move forward but, while accelerating, he was hit from behind by the second vehicle, operated by Neicer Cerezo-Macias, 46, of Kearny.
After an investigation, police issued Cerezo-Macias two summonses charging him with careless driving and DWI.
Police are investigating an apparent mugging reported shortly after 1 a.m. on Fifth St.
A witness told police he was walking north on Fifth St., coming from the PATH station, when he saw three black men in their early 20s walking behind a pedestrian ahead of him.
Police said the witness told them that the three men slowed down, waiting for the pedestrian, who was carrying a cellular phone, to catch up to them at Warren and Fifth Sts.
As he approached, he greeted the trio, saying, “Good evening,” only to be accosted by one of them, described as about 5-feet-10, 145 pounds, wearing a long white T-shirt and red sweatpants, who said, “Give me your phone,” the witness told police.
As all three men surrounded him, the pedestrian began to scream and the three men ran to a dark-colored car waiting for them at Washington and Warren Sts., got inside and drove south on Washington St.
Police checked the area but found no one.
At 11:47 p.m., police said an officer on patrol at Harrison Ave. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. observed a 2005 grey Dodge with its lights not operating.
The officer then stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver, Juvaughn Bonney, 24, of Newark, had what appeared to be a rolled marijuana cigarette.
Bonney was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs.
– Ron Leir