HOBOKEN, NJ - A pair of 22-year-old men were arrested in Hoboken following a shoplifting incident at a smoke shop.

At about 11:50 p.m. on August 18, Hoboken P.O. Jonathan Figueroa and P.O. James Barbro responded to Urge Smoke Shop at 704 Washington Street. An employee from the shop witnessed one suspect grab two bongs from the shelf and immediately run out of the store. In the process, the suspect dropped the bongs on the ground, causing them to shatter. As the employee tried to stop Brafford, he witnessed a second male stuff several packs of tobacco papers into his pocket. The employee was able to stop this male without incident and retrieved the packs of tobacco paper.

Meanwhile, Officer Enrico Gnassi spotted a male matching the suspect's description riding a bicycle eastbound on 7th Street from Washington Street. The cyclist fled to 7th and Hudson Street, but fell as he reached the sidewalk.

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Jasper Brafford, 22, from North Bergen, was detained and eventually arrested for shoplifiting. Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons responded as backup and assisted Officer Gnassi in transporting Brafford to police headquarters for processing.

At the smoke shop, Sergeant Joseph Lucignano and Officer Frank Lombardo met up with Officer Figueroa and Officer Barbro. Daniel Recinos, 22, from Union City, was still on the scene and was subsequently arrested for stealing the papers. He was searched after being placed under arrest and he was found to be in Possession of Control Dangerous Substance Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Recinos was transported to headquarters and processed—charged with Shoplifting, Possession of Control Dangerous Substance, and Drug Paraphernalia. Recinos’s charges were placed on a summons and he was released with a court date.

While processing Brafford, he asked to use the bathroom. While walking back to the processing room, Brafford tensed up, started to resist officers’ control and became uncooperative.  Bradford’s aggressive behavior caused Sergeant William Collins to fall to the ground and additional officers were needed to regain control of Brafford. Lieutenant Michael Costello and Officer Michael Aviles arrived to assist. Sergeant Collins was not injured as a result from him falling and Officer Fitzgibbons reported pain to his left thumb. Officer Fitzgibbons was treated by an ambulance and sought no further treatment.

Brafford was charged with Shoplifting, Obstruction, and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Brafford’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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

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