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February 05, 2006

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yragentman

whoa, ken! I hope you approached the window low to view a firefight. Did that Explorer back up straight down the street at high speed? If so, that is some trick driving that takes training to do. Try it some time in a open parking lot.

how soon do we start calling Hoboken, Little Baghdad?

john

Park Ave and what cross street?

Station Manager Ken

The two gunmen on foot were around the intersection on Park between Tenth and 11th. The two parked cars with the bulletholes were at the intersection of Park and 10th. One of those cars (pictured) had a bullet hole in it's front window, suggesting that the bullet came from Park between 10th and 11th. The Ford Explorer was parked in the middle of Park between 9th and 10th Streets, and then backed down Park Avenue the wrong way and turned East on 9th Street.

-ken

schwarz

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/hoboken/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1139220825192060.xml&coll=3

the jersey journal picked up the story.

Anonymous

I live in Hoboken too and my first thought is that it was probably the police themselves in the gun battle. I wouldn't put anything past Hoboken's "Finest".

isticon

Article from the JJ

Gun and drug charges for Hoboken man
Monday, February 06, 2006
By MARTINA BRENDEL
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

HOBOKEN - A city man was arrested yesterday in connection to an early morning shoot-out in the uptown Hoboken neighborhood, that damaged several car windows but left no one injured, authorities said.

The shooting occurred along Park Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets at 7:19 a.m. yesterday morning, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Costello said.

Police believe a black Ford Explorer carrying four men pulled up to 9th Street and Park Avenue and opened fire on Jason Torres, 20, a Park Avenue resident who had reportedly been in a fight with the men earlier that morning at the Spa Diner on Hudson Street, Costello said.
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Torres fired back while running north to his apartment at 10th Street and Park Avenue, witnesses told police. Police uncovered nearly 30 spent shell casings at the scene.

Police questioned Torres, who then surrendered his semi-automatic handgun, Costello said. In his apartment, police also found a box containing 900 clear plastic bags commonly used to sell marijuana, Costello said.

Torres was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and fourth-degree possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $40,000 cash, which he failed to post. He went to Hudson County jail.

Costello said the investigation is continuing.

Scott Delea

Ken,
Thanks for the great report. I live right around the block from you. This is scary stuff. I don't want to generalize, but I am getting increasingly concerned about the Hoboken Police's apparent apathy and lack of public relation skills. I have had a number of reasons to visit the police station over the years and have consistantly found them to be lackadaisical. No sense of urgency. Complacent. They sometimes act like WE are the ones creating a problem by telling them about the crimes and expecting they follow up. I don't get it but it needs to change. The Police department has a tremendous duty (and opportunity) to be the face of the City of Hoboken. As citizens, we should feel like they are our best friend. Not someone we are bothering. I think Hoboken is one of the best Cities in America. I think we all need to do our part to make sure it stays that way and gets even better.

Scott Delea

PS.
Your post came up in my rss search on Hoboken, otherwise I never would have known about your site. Thanks for taking the time to post.

from here

I thought you were in Elizabeth, or is that the cover story?

Station Manager Ken

Nope, I live in Hoboken.

I wonder what happened to the other 28 bullets. There were only two cars with noticeable bullet holes. The other 28 bullets landed somewhere.

-ken

mike

Wow, this is practically in front of my old apt. at 9th and Garden. Scary.

alice

Ken, Were you a-scared?

Makes me not regret my move from 1114 Park to the suburbs a few months ago.

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