On May 19 at 6:36 p.m., Officer Nick Funk and several backup officers were dispatched to a fight in front of the Kearny Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts (Turns out, cops don’t already live there.). They found a 26-year-old Hollywood, Florida, man – Nevin A. Ordonez Jr. – bleeding from his hand.
Officers learned Ordonez allegedly had a verbal argument with his sister’s baby’s father during which “sisterbabydaddy” allegedly retrieve a tire iron and began swinging it at him. The alleged iron-swinger, Marcus A. Lopez, 22, of Kearny, reportedly also smashed Ordonez’s car’s windshield. Officers located Lopez at Bergen and Kearny avenues and took him into custody.
Lopez then reported that Ordonez had a samurai sword in his car. Officers learned that the two allegedly had a “sword fight” with the tire iron and the samurai sword in a sort of off-brand Medieval Times duel. Both men were charged with aggravated assault and weapons possession charges. Lopez was also charged with criminal mischief. The combatants were later released with summonses.
On May 12 at 5:40 p.m., Officers Alan Stickno, Anthony Nunez, Mat Lopez and Sgt. Tim Castle were dispatched to a private home on a report of a dispute. They arrived to find a 21-year-old man standing on the sidewalk bleeding from a stab wound to the abdomen.
The officers were told the man had been stabbed by a 21-year-old housemate during an argument and the alleged assailant was holed up inside the home. Officers tactically entered the home and took the suspect under arrest without further incident.
The suspect was charged under domestic violence with aggravated assault and unlawful weapon possession, and lodged in the Hudson County Jail, South Kearny. The victim was transported by EMS to University Hospital, where his stab wound was reported by a trauma surgeon as not life-threatening.
On May 13 at 2:02 a.m., Officer Bismark Karikari and several backup officers responded to an apartment building where a 28-year-old Kearny woman reported her boyfriend climbed up a fire escape to her apartment, causing her to run out of the building in fear.
Officers later located the boyfriend walking on Kearny Avenue, reportedly under the influence. After escorting the victim back to her apartment, officers learned the glass of a balcony door had been broken and there was now blood on the victim’s living room wall.
The boyfriend, a 29-year-old, Jersey City man, was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, harassment and hindering apprehension (for allegedly giving officers a false name). He was later turned over to Hoboken police who held a no-bail warrant for his arrest on another matter.
On May 14 at 2:07 a.m., Officer Jordan Miranda and several backup officers were dispatched to 1,000 Belleville Tpk. for a burglary-in-progress. The business owner called after watching Vincent A. Arroyo, 34, of Staten Island, allegedly enter the gated yard and begin loading scrap metal into a U-Haul rental van.
Officers reportedly caught Arroyo in the act with a van full of scrap metal and arrested him. The business owner reported this, or a similar U-Haul van, had been used on prior occasions to steal scrap.
Incident to arrest, officers recovered five MDMA (Ecstasy) tablets on Arroyo’s person. The total value of stolen scrap was tallied at $575.
Arroyo was charged with burglary, theft, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Arroyo was wanted on three warrants issued by Woodbridge Municipal Court, one warrant issued by East Brunswick Court and a wanted persons hit out of Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Arroyo was later transferred to the Hudson County Jail.
On May 16 at 4:04 a.m., Officer Danny Maganinho and several backup officers saturated the area of Chestnut Street and Garfield Avenue after receiving a report of two people burglarizing vehicles. The officers found two people in the area who matched a witness’s description: Silvija Morrison, 40, and Cristian Vasile, 44, both of Kearny.
The pair were found standing behind a brown Honda that had been called in as a burglarized car. With them, was a Radio Flyer wagon and a cloth basket loaded with various items including a car trunk organizer, a beach chair and several duffle bags and handbags. Officers observed the unlocked Honda’s glove box was open and the interior of the car had been ransacked.
Officers reviewed footage from a nearby Town surveillance camera, which showed Vasile entering the driver and passenger-side doors of the Honda before opening the trunk and allegedly removing the beach chair and bag containing a vacuum.
Officers arrested the duo. From Vasile they seized a glass “crack” pipe, additional drug paraphernalia, a multi-tool and pliers. From Morrison they seized drug paraphernalia and medication prescribed to a third party for whom she could not account.
During this investigation, Officers Miranda and Anthony Oliveira were separately investigating a theft that occurred earlier in the night of a red Radio Flyer wagon and work bench containing Snap-on tools. These items were found in Vasile and Morrison’s possession.
Both suspects were charged with burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vasile was also charged with possessing burglar’s tools and Morrison was additionally charged with illegally possessing prescription-legend drugs. Morrison was also wanted by Madison Joint Municipal Court on a hindering apprehension charge.
The pair were held at the Hudson County Jail.
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Capt. Timothy Wagner | Kearny Police Department
Capt. Timothy Wagner is the Kearny Police Department's public-information officer and the commander of the department's Internal Affairs Unit. He contributes the KPD Blotter weekly and writes it completely.