KPD blotter: Accosted by gunman

A Kearny man was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of Saturday, June 14, in the area of Sanford and Harrison Aves., police reported.

The 19-year-old victim told responding Officer Dean Gasser that at about 1:40 a.m., he had just parked his car on Sanford when he was approached by two males, one of whom displayed a handgun and demanded, “Give me everything you’ve got.” The victim turned over a small amount of currency, his driver’s license and college ID and an iPhone.

The robbers fled west on Harrison Ave. in a newer model SUV, police said.

Det. Ray Lopez is conducting the investigation.

Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:

June 12 

Vice detectives, conducting surveillance at Kearny Ave. and Halstead St. at 5:15 p.m., saw what they believed to be a drug transaction taking place in a double-parked car. They stopped the vehicle at Garfield Ave. and Forest St., where the driver, Isael Aquino, 27, of Kearny, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle in possession of a CDS.

Police said Aquino was also found to have a suspended license and an outstanding Kearny warrant. His passenger, John Arboleda, 24, of Kearny, was charged with possession of the drug and paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute.

June 13 

At 2:30 a.m., Officer Ben Wuelfing was dispatched to Kearny and Wilson Aves. on a report of a person asleep in a car. He arrived to find a man snoozing behind the wheel of a Hyundai that was stopped in the northbound lane of Kearny Ave., the car still in drive and the man’s foot on the brake, police said. Wuelfing put it in park, removed the keys, awoke the driver and conducted field sobriety tests, after which Javier Solano, 22, of Belleville, was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, being an unlicensed driver and obstructing traffic.

Office Jay Ward responded to Devon Terrace at 2:40 p.m. on a report of people removing items from a home believed to be vacant. Ward reportedly saw two individuals loading household goods into a parked pickup truck and contacted the realtor, who told the officer the property was in foreclosure and no one had authority to take anything. Nicholas Reinoso, 54, of Newark, was charged with theft. Gladys Perez, 62, also of Newark, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from that city.

June 14 

At 9 p.m., Officer Daniel Esteves responded to the 800 block of Kearny Ave., where a southbound Nissan pickup truck had rear-ended a Honda Accord.

The truck’s driver, Tyler Mills, 19, of Douglasville, Ga., was charged with DWI, underage consumption of alcohol, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and careless driving.

 June 16

An off-duty state trooper alerted the KPD at 10:30 p.m. to a suspicious vehicle and two individuals who were looking into cars and driveways near Kearny and Stuyvesant Aves. While Officer Chris Medina gathered information from the trooper, Officer Ben Wuelfing checked the area and found a parked white Ford van with New York plates. He also encountered Wilmer Barona, 25, of Queens, who police said could not provide a legitimate explanation for being there. Barona was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Elizabeth. Also arrested, on a warrant from Leonia, was Brayan Castano, 25, of Queens.

June 17 

A Jersey City man had a bit of bad luck when his car broke down in South Kearny at about 10 a.m., and it involved more than just a disabled vehicle.

Officer Joseph Vulcano found that the driver, 29-year-old Darrow Younger, was wanted by the Hudson County Sheriff ’s Office, police said. Younger, who reportedly also had a suspended license and suspended registration, was arrested.

June 18 

Officer Richard Carbone was on patrol at 3:30 p.m. when he saw three individuals trespassing on railroad property near Schuyler Ave. and West Hudson Park. While interviewing them, he noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana and one of the trio was found to have four large plastic bags of suspected pot in a backpack, which also contained a marijuana grinder, a pipe, a digital scale and numerous empty plastic bags, police said.

Joseph Lamboy, 29, of Harrison, was charged with possession of more than 50 grams of the drug, possession with intent to distribute, and possession with intent near a school and a park. He was remanded to the Hudson County Jail on $25,000 bail.

 – Karen Zautyk  

The Observer Staff