At about 6 a.m., police said an unattended Mercedes Benz was reported stolen from Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North after the owner had left the car running with keys in the ignition. Police said the vehicle was recovered later that morning when Newark P.D. arrested Eric Warren, 45, of Newark, after they reportedly observed him and another man unloading tools from a van stolen from Newark into the missing Mercedes.
Police said they received a call from staff at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, that they were treating a 19-year-old Harrison man for a stabbing wound. Police said the teen, who lost his left eye as a result of the crime, originally claimed that he was stabbed with a bottle near N. Fifth St. and Central Ave. but investigation revealed that the incident didn’t happen at that location. The investigation is continuing.
At 9:30 p.m., police said they observed a man kicking another man lying on the ground in the municipal parking lot below Rt. 280 on Hamilton St. Police arrested Javier Rodriguez, 19, of Clifton, on a charge of aggravated assault and transported the victim to University Hospital in Newark for treatment. Police said they took a sample of the prisoner’s DNA after he was booked, as permitted under the newly passed Arrestee DNA law.
At 11:30 a.m., police received a report of a “suspicious” man in the 200 block of Bergen St. Police said a detective sent to conduct surveillance in the area saw the suspect enter the yard of a Bergen St. home and emerge with a bicycle. Police then arrested the man, Ricardo Santos, 36, of Newark, on a charge of theft. Police also charged Santos with hindering apprehension after the suspect reportedly gave officers a false name. Police said Santos also had an open no bail warrant from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to Hudson County Jail pending court action.
– Ron Leir