3 arrested outside Hoboken Housing Authority for possession of paintball gun, 2 knives


Three people were arrested outside the Hoboken Housing Authority on Wednesday after getting caught in possession of a paintball gun and two knives, an official said.

From left to right: Herbie Spann, Charlene Feliciano, and Farra Mongon. Photos courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Wednesday at approximately 5 p.m., Det. Sgt. William Collins, Sgts. Francis McCourt and Edward Sellick, as well as Police Officers Anthony Azzoline, Christopher Barral, Jason Montalvo, Rose Kanan, Ramon Estrella, Ricky Truppner, and Marc Lombardi responded to the intersection of 4th and Harrison Streets on reports of a man with a firearm and a woman with a knife, according to public safety spokeswoman Marci Rubin.

When they arrived, officers saw a man, later identified as Herbie Spann, 26 of Hoboken, putting a handgun in his bag.

He was ordered to stop and show his hands so officers could safely recover the firearm, later learned to be a .43 caliber Gen 5 Glock 17 spring loaded pistol, which is often used to shoot paintballs, rubber balls, and powder balls.

A search incident to arrest of Spann discovered him to also be in possession of an 8-inch pocketknife.

As officers were arresting Spann, a woman, later identified as Farra Mongon, 45, of Hoboken, began yelling and acting in a disorderly manner when she shoved another unknown woman trying to fight with her.

Collins removed Mongon from the area, she was arrested, and a search discovered her to have a pocketknife of about 8.25 inches long.

Both Spann and Mongon were transported to Hoboken Police Headquarters. Spann was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Wantage Township.

He was charged with possession of an imitation firearm, possession of an air pistol, and possession of other weapons. He was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

As for Mongon, she was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and disorderly conduct. She was released on a summons.

Further investigation by Dets. Tyler Soto and Fabian Quinones found Mongon had been involved in an altercation with another woman, identified as Charlene Feliciano, 42, of Hoboken, who was also in possession of a knife during the altercation.

She was later located on the 500 block of Marshall Drive and placed under arrest.

Feliciano was transported to Hoboken Police Headquarters and charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, possession of other weapons, and making terroristic threats. She was processed and released with a summons, police said.

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