By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On Wednesday July 19th, detectives from the Hoboken Police Department Investigation Bureau began to investigate a robbery that occurred in the Hoboken Housing Authority during that early afternoon, according to Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.
On that day, Officers Ryan Houghton, Tyrone Huggins and Michael Straten were dispatched to the area of 310 Jackson St. on a report of a man bleeding from his head. The officers were advised on scene the victim had left the area injured, officials said.
The victim was found a short distance away by the officers, where he was bleeding from the nose and swelling on his face. As a result, immediate medical attention was requested for the victim, authorities said.
Prior to transportation to the Hoboken University Medical Center, he was able to give the officers a brief description of some of the men who had assaulted him. The victim suffered the loss of his cell phone, basketball sneakers and cash, police said.
A search of the area was conducted, but yielded negative results. It was later determined that the victim suffered a fractured jaw, fractured orbital socket along with other injuries, officials said.
Members of the Investigation Bureau immediately began to canvas the area for possible leads and spoke with several residents who may have possibly been in the area during the incident.
Then, on Thursday, July 20th, the detectives were able to determine who took part in the robbery and assault. Officers from the Uniform Bureau, along with members of the Investigation Bureau, immediately began to search the Hoboken Housing area for the defendants, authorities said.
In all, seven arrests were made relating to this incident.
All defendants were transported to headquarters where warrant and summons complaints were prepared.
William Agosto, Frank Henderson and Angelo Roldan were arrested without incident.
Agosto, 25, was charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, Henderson, 21, and Roldan, 21, were both charged with aggravated assault, police said.
Additionally, Taquana Dixon was charged with being in possession of a small quantity of marijuana consistent with personal use.
Dixon, 24, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of controlled dangerous substance (marijuana under 50 grams) and possession of CDS paraphernalia, officials said.
Julian Braxton and Joseph Crandell were each individually found to be in possession of a larger amount of marijuana and subsequently charged with distribution related offenses.
Braxton, 22, was, charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of CDS (marijuana), possession of CDS marijuana with Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession of CDS within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of CDS paraphernalia, authorities said.
Furthermore, Crandell, was hit with the same drug charges, as well as aggravated assault and possession of CDS (marijuana) over one ounce.
All of the aforementioned suspects live in Hoboken.
Finally, Luis Williams was additionally charged with possession of a handgun while committing distribution offenses as he was also in possession of over 90 grams of Marijuana.
Williams, 21, of Jersey City, was specifically charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of CDS (marijuana), possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS in a school zone, possession of CDS within 500 feet of public housing, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offense and unlawful possession of a weapon, police said.
The following defendants were remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility:
1. Julian Braxton
2. William Agosto
3. Luis Williams
4. Taquana Dixon
5. Frank Henderson
Meanwhile, the remaining defendant was later released with summonses to appear in court:
1. Angelo Roldan
2. Joseph Crandell