2 men arrested in Hoboken for biting and throwing bottles, as well as spitting at, police


Two men were arrested in Hoboken for biting and throwing bottles, as well as spitting at, police on Super Bowl Sunday, public safety spokeswoman Marci Rubin said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Ryan Welch, 28, of Jersey City, was charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on a police officer after an incident at Mulligan’s Pub, located at 59 1st St.

While being escorted out of the bar for disorderly behavior, Welch bit a security worker. Police in the area were called over and attempted to tend to Welch, who continued to yell and act disorderly. Welch refused to go to the hospital willingly and bit a responding officer.

He was then arrested, processed, and later released with a court date in the coming weeks, while both bite victims were treated on scene, noted Rubin.

Additionally, Hakeem Lawrence, 34, of Elizabeth, was charged with aggravated assault on police officers, throwing bodily fluids, and refusal to be fingerprinted.

Officers responding to reports of a dispute between two people in the area of Third and Jackson Streets arrived to learn that Lawrence was throwing bread at a local business owner.

When officers approached him, he was consuming an alcoholic beverage and during the interaction with officers, he tossed the bottle at one of them, who was hit with its contents.

While being arrested and transported, Lawrence began to spit on the patrol car and on another responding officer.

Afterwards, Lawrence’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility, Rubin stated.

This is the second time in the past two months that Lawrence had a confrontation with Hoboken police officers, getting arrested in mid-December after spitting at cops who responded to a scene at the public library.

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