HOBOKEN - Police have announced arrests stemming from an incident in which car thieves stole an idling vehicle on Washington Street and shot fireworks at pursuing officer.

Around 9:10 p.m. on Friday, May 22, a vehicle was stolen from 518 Washington St. Special Police Officer Kyle Seper saw the vehicle on Newark St & attempted to pull the car over. Initially driving within the speed limit, the vehicle then proceeded to travel at speeds up to 45 mph on Observer Highway and onto Jersey Ave in Jersey City—after passengers began shooting fireworks out of the vehicle and at the officer.

Upon the pursuit reaching 45 mph and reaching the Hoboken and Jersey City border, the pursuit was terminated by Lieutenant Keith Rotondi and Sergeant David Olivera. The stolen vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center and surrounding jurisdictions were notified.

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"The correct call was made to terminate the pursuit," said Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante last week. "The stolen vehicle was later found & recovered in Newark with different license plates on it. I commend SPO Seper for his handling of the matter, his driving and radio transmission discipline was perfect, and he stayed focused to the point to realize it was just fireworks being shot out of the car, not gun shots which could have created a much more dangerous situation started by thieves who came to victimize our residents."

At about 11:18 that night, Newark Police Department recovered the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was recovered with a fictitious plate. Detective Adam Colon, Detective Michael Miranda, Detective Vito Gigante, and Detective John Quinones investigated, and determined that the theft involved three actors— two males and one female.

On May 28, 2020, one of the perpetrators was identified as a 15 y/o Male from Newark. Detective Sergeant Josue Velez went out on patrol in an unmarked car as Detective Colon worked on his reports for this investigation. While in the area of 301 Washington Street at about 9:08 p.m., D/Sgt. Velez observed a male individual accompanied by a female matching the description of those wanted in the theft. Both individuals were stopped for investigation, subsequently arrested and charged for the theft.

The male was the 15 y/o male was charged with Juvenile Delinquency Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Burglary, Theft, Eluding, and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. He was remanded to Essex County Juvenile Center. Alicia Mallard, 18, of Newark, was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Burglary, Theft, Eluding, and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. Alicia’s charges were placed on a warrant, and she was committed to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

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