Five people were arrested in Hoboken yesterday after police broke up a riot with around 25 people in broad daylight, authorities said.
Mickey Mendez, 21, of Jersey City, along with Jamil Rivera, 20, Kyeise Lopez, 22, Joseph Crandell, 28, and Keshon Crandell 21, all of Hoboken, were charged with rioting, disorderly conduct, and simple assault, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
Additionally, Mendez was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, while Joseph Crandell was charged with resisting arrest.
Yesterday at about 12:46 p.m., Hoboken police officers were dispatched to the area of 3rd and Harrison Streets on a report of a group of men fighting in the street. It was also reported that one of the men involved was seen with a handgun.
Upon their arrival, they observed no one physically fighting, but there was a large crowd of about 25 people on the scene. As officers were conducting an investigation, Sgt. Donald Rosso witnessed a man getting punched in the face by a Mendez.
As a result, he was placed under arrest by Rosso. A search incident to Mendez’s arrest revealed he was in possession of a sock filled with a Duracell D battery. Mendez was transported to police headquarters and processed by Police Officer Teddy Santiago.
As the investigation continued and attempts to disburse the crowd that grew larger, two individuals began to fight each other. Officers were able to separate them and they were placed under arrest.
Those two were identified as Rivera and Lopez. They were transported to headquarters and processed by Police Officers Dennis Figueroa, Jr. and Roberto Cuevas. Lopez was released on a summons, while Rivera’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
About an hour later, while officer were patrolling the area, two brothers Joseph Crandell and Keshon Crandell assaulted a man in the area of 3rd and Harrison Streets. The two brothers were identified as being in the crowd when officers first arrived.
They were both placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. Joseph Crandell was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, while Keshon Crandell’s charges were placed on a summons and released.
Additionally, no handgun was found during the investigation, police said.