Man allegedly attacks officer after party

Also: Resident alleges that familiar beggar robbed him

Police lock up allegedly rowdy partygoer

Police arrested Randy Moreta, 18, of Union City, after he allegedly pushed a police officer after being asked to leave a party.
According to police, on June 28 at about 1:30 a.m., police officers responded to a noise complaint on 76th Street, where there appeared to be a house party. When they arrived, they witnessed a large group of people leaving the party and stayed to make sure everyone left safely, said Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Frank Cannella.
“There was one individual there who was leaning up against a car and [allegedly] said ‘I don’t have to go nowhere,’ at which point officers noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” said Cannella.
Officers asked Moreta to leave, to which he allegedly responded that he didn’t have to go “nowhere.” A friend of Moreta’s told him to just leave, according to police, but he allegedly refused.
“Then he [allegedly] smacked [Officer Anthony Caramucci’s] arm down and said ‘[expletive] you [expletive]; you don’t tell me what to do,’ ” said Cannella.
Caramucci said that Moreta was put under arrest, but Moreta allegedly put his hands up as “if he was about to fight,” said Cannella.
Cannella said that Caramucci sprayed two small bursts of pepper spray into the face of Moreta, who allegedly continued to resist being handcuffed, kicking, yelling, and screaming.
Police were able to restrain Moreta and brought him to North Bergen headquarters where he was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
North Bergen E.M.S. were called to help clean his eyes.
Judge Nino Falcone set Moreta’s bail at $15,000 with no 10 percent cash option. According to Cannella, he was bailed out at 4 a.m. that same day.

NB man allegedly robbed by beggar

Police have arrested a West New York man for robbery after a North Bergen resident alleged that he was robbed by him more than once on the way home from work.
According to North Bergen Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Frank Cannella, an 18-year-old male from North Bergen came into headquarters on June 26, stating that on June 16 at about 7:30 p.m., he was robbed in the area of 56th Street and Tonnelle Avenue when he was leaving his job.


“[Alexander allegedly] put a knife to his throat.” – Frank Cannella

The victim claimed that a man had approached him numerous times in the past, asking him for money, which he always gave him. But on June 16, the victim said that the man, later identified as Jamaal Alexander, 28, of West New York, and two other unknown males, allegedly approached him as he left work.
“[Alexander allegedly] put a knife to his throat,” said Cannella, who explained that the second male allegedly went through his pockets while the third allegedly threatened him with harm if he called the police.
Cannella said that Alexander and the two other males allegedly took $600 from the victim.
The victim did not call the police.
Then, according to Cannella, the following day at 3:30 a.m., the victim was allegedly threatened again by Alexander. Alexander allegedly asked for another $40 in exchange for not hurting the victim.
Cannella said that Alexander was identified through a photo lineup.
Alexander was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
His bail was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent bail bond option by Judge Joseph Romano.
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