KPD: Lethal threat on Hickory Street

On March 1 at 10:50 p.m., Kearny Police Officer Jean-Paul Duran and several back-up officers were dispatched to a home on Hickory Street on a report that a male trespasser in the backyard was threatening to kill a family who lived in the house.

Police said they found Hector Reynoso, 32, of the Bronx, seated in a patio chair in the dark and learned that he was estranged from the residents (different last name than his). They reportedly had arrived home the day before to find Reynoso inside their residence without permission. Police said he didn’t have a key, “and they’re not sure how he got inside.”

That day, police said, he returned, the homeowners refused to let him back inside and in response, Reynoso allegedly threatened to kill the family.

The Kearny PD took him into custody, and a search incident to his arrest reportedly revealed he had a steak knife in his back pants pocket — and in other pockets, six New York State identifications in the names of four other people.

Reynoso was charged with criminal trespass, defiant trespass, terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon and four counts of theft of property lost or mislaid. He was sent to the Hudson County Jail.

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

Feb. 27

At 7:16 p.m., Officer Matthew Knighton pulled over a Ford Focus at Kearny and Johnston avenues because there were several items hanging from his rearview mirror, obstructing the driver’s view.

Police said Knighton could smell the odor of burnt marijuana in the car, and when the driver — Valerie S. Walls, 41, of North Arlington  “opened the glove compartment to retrieve her documents, back-up Officer Bryan San Martin saw not gloves, but a bag of marijuana.”

According to police, a further search of the vehicle revealed a Ziploc bag of weed, 17 partially smoked marijuana cigars, a Suboxone pill, a marijuana grinder, seven Bluntville cigarillos, one tin can of marijuana remnants, three Ziploc bags of same and one BluntPower air freshener (“apparently not BluntPower-ful enough to mask the odor”).

While Walls was being arrested, police said, Deik Forbes, 44, of North Arlington, approached the scene to tell the officers that he was an acquaintance of Walls and would take her car for her. Unfortunately, Forbes was wanted by Garfield ($1,000 bail, shoplifting), Newark ($250, traffic offense) and Toms River ($500, traffic), so he, too, was arrested. Forbes was later released on his own recognizance with new appearance dates from all three courts.

Walls was charged on summonses with possession of pot, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. Police said she was wanted by Lyndhurst ($500 bail, driving with suspended license) but was also released on her own recognizance with a new court date.

March 1

At 9:43 a.m., Officer Anthony Nunez was dispatched to 993 Belleville Turnpike (adjacent to the Amtrak rail line) to assist Amtrak police, who were arresting Angel Alfonso Arias (a/k/a Angel Arias-Miranda), 50, of Paterson, for alleged defiant trespass on railroad property. Because Arias was also wanted by the Pennsylvania State Police on a felony-theft charge, the KPD was asked to charge him as a fugitive from justice.

He was charged on a warrant as requested and then turned back over to the Amtrak cops, who sent him to the Hudson County Jail.

March 2

At 11:56 a.m., Officer Jason Rodrigues pulled over a Nissan Sentra in the Walmart parking lot after a random license-plate inquiry showed that the registered owner was a wanted man.

Rodrigues confirmed that the driver was vehicle owner Corey J. Calderon, 46, of Newark. Police said he was wanted by East Orange ($750 bail, driving with suspended license) and North Bergen ($200 bail, suspended license) and he still had a suspended driver’s license. Calderon was arrested and was issued a Kearny suspended-license summons and later released.

He also posted bail on his North Bergen warrant, and he was released on his own recognizance by East Orange with a new court date there.

Note from the KPD: “Amazingly, although officers responded to the Walmart property at 150 Harrison Ave., 14 times during this reporting period, no shoplifting arrests were made there this week.”

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At 7:40 p.m., Officers Kevin Matos and Sergio Nobre and Sgt. Ben Wuelfing were dispatched to Kmart, where store security reported that Newark residents Tonya Early, 51, and Omayra E. Fernandez, 35, had concealed $110.36 worth of cosmetics in their purses and passed all points of sale without paying. Both women were charged with shoplifting; however, in accordance with bail-reform laws, Fernandez was released with a summons, while Early was held at the county jail on a warrant.

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At 10:28 p.m., Officer Knighton, on patrol near Brighton Avenue and Afton Street, saw a Honda Civic parked in the middle of the roadway. When he approached to investigate, a passenger exited the car and it drove away. Knighton followed the vehicle for some time, “confirming that it was traveling well in excess of the posted speed limit of 25 mph.”

When the officer pulled it over on Passaic Avenue, police said, he was greeted with the odor of burnt marijuana, and driver Gabriel Pichinin, 27, of Kearny, was “hostile and uncooperative.” According to the KDP, “He used his cellular phone to record the encounter, but his cinematic talents could not save him from answering for his alleged criminal offense.”

In the car, officers reportedly found a mason jar with a Ziploc bag labeled “Gorilla Glue #4” containing marijuana remnants, another large Ziploc bag of remnants and an ashtray with more of the same. Pichinin was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, improper letting off of a passenger and careless driving. He was later released on summonses.

March 3

At 3:30 p.m., Dets. David Bush, Mike Andrews and Cesar Negron were watching the area near the Kearny Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts due to complaints of drug activity in the neighborhood. While there, they reportedly observed Ariel V. Pallo, 23, of Kearny leaning against a home rolling a marijuana cigar.

As the detectives approached, police said, Pallo threw away the cigar, but it was recovered by the detectives, who also recovered a plastic bag of marijuana in his sweatshirt pocket. Pallo was charged and released on a summons for possession of pot/paraphernalia.

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