Police: Union City brothers caught stealing man’s cell phone in Jersey City

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Two Union City brothers were caught after stealing a West New York man’s cell phone at the Journal Square PATH Plaza in Jersey City, police said.

Michael and Jonathan Jackson. Photos courtesy of Port Authority police.
Michael and Jonathan Jackson. Photos courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Michael Jackson, 47, and Jonathan Jackson, 53, both of Union City, were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, the victim, a 55-year-old West New York man, told Port Authority police that while he was at PATH Journal Square plaza, he was accosted by two suspects, authorities said.

The man indicated that one suspect assaulted him by punching him in the face and his cell phone was then taken by the pair. The victim provided a description of the suspects to Port Authority police who canvassed the area and located the suspects on the corner of Bergen Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, officials said.

Officers interviewed Michael Jackson and he admitted to assaulting the victim and the cell phone was found in his pants pocket. The other suspect, Jonathan Jackson, admitted to possessing the phone after the victim had been assaulted, police said.

Jonathan Jackson was found to be the subject of an active warrant for aggravated assault out of Jersey City. Both suspects were arrested brought to Hudson County Jail, authorities said.

The victim refused medical attention and his Metro PCS cellphone was returned to him, officials said.

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