At 9:59 a.m., police were sent to Hiram Place on a report of someone threatening a second party with a snow shovel.
Upon arrival, the man claiming to be threatened told officers that the owner of the vehicle parked directly behind his car had started yelling at him that he was too close to his vehicle and told him to move his car.
While continuing to shout, the man was walking toward him while brandishing a snow shovel, the reporting party told police. While waiting for police to show up, the man being threatened tried to defuse the situation, asking the other man to calm down, police said.
At this point, the man with the shovel allegedly told the other man that if he didn’t move his car, he would slash his tires, the reporting party told police.
Police charged the shovel man, Aljo Huseinovic, 49, of Harrison, with aggravated assault and released him on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.
At 2:42 a.m., police were dispatched to the 600 block of Sussex St. on a robbery report.
When officers got there, the victim told them he was walking east on Sussex past Washington St. when he was jumped by two males who punched him several times in the face and head, knocking him to the ground.
One of his attackers then took his iPhone 5S, valued at $400, and a debit card and both fled on foot, last seen going west on Sussex toward Fifth St., the victim told police.
Police said a witness reported seeing two males jump out from behind a parked vehicle, assault the victim and then run from the scene in the direction of Fifth St.
Both attackers were described only as wearing black jackets, police said.
A search of the area by patrol units proved futile, according to police.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.
– Ron Leir