HOBOKEN, NJ - A Jersey City man was arrested early Thursday after attempting to take keys from a customer at a Hoboken pizza joint, menacing him with a hammer.
Just after 2:00 a.m. Officer Mathew Isler and Officer Mark Mullins responded to 89 Washington Street on a report of a male holding a “Heavy Weapon.” Upon arrival, Osvaldo Martinez, 31, Jersey City, was observed holding a large hammer in his right hand. He was ordered to put the hammer down, and complied.
Martinez allegedly approached his intended victim inside the pizza shop, demanding the keys for his motor vehicle. When the victim denied owning a car, Martinez raised a large hammer over his head—although the victim reported that Martinez never swung or struck the victim with the hammer.
Martinez was charged with Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
While being fingerprinted at Hoboken Police Headquarters, Martinez pushed Officer Mark Mullins causing Officer Mullins to scrape his right elbow on a wall. Officer Mullins, Officer Isler and Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons had to regain control of Martinez, and in the process Officer Fitzgibbons injured his right thumb. Both officers were treated for their injuries and returned to full duty without restrictions.
Martinez was then charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. All charges were placed on a warrant. Martinez also had a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in Hoboken Municipal Court, and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
Defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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