Hoboken street fight leads to 2 arrests, dozens of cops respond for crowd control


A Hoboken street fight led to two people being arrested and dozens of police officers, including many from other departments, responding for crowd control purposes.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 6:40 p.m., all working Hoboken police units were dispatched to 510 Jackson St. on reports of a fight and possibly a handgun being brandished, according to public safety spokeswoman Marci Rubin.

When officers arrived, they saw a large crowd gathering outside of 510 Jackson St. who were then observed walking towards 501 Marshall Dr.

As officers attempted to keep everyone separated, they observed a woman, later identified as Melissa Walker, 37, of Hoboken, in a verbal argument with another woman whom was seen punching Walker in the face multiple times.

As officers were pulling the women apart and attempting to arrest Walker, a man, later identified as Ricky Walker, 42, of Hoboken – Melissa’s cousin – was pulling officers off of her.

They were both placed under arrest and the victim refused medical attention.

While Hoboken officers were making these arrests, a large crowd began to gather, at which point the Hoboken PD requested mutual aid.

Officers from the Port Authority, Union City, Secaucus, West New York, North Bergen, Stevens Institute of Technology and NJ Transit Police Departments, along with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, all arrived and assisted with crowd control.

Ricky Walker was transported to Hoboken Police Headquarters where he was processed on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Melissa Walker was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center by Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps after feeling faint.

After an evaluation she was brought to Hoboken Police Headquarters and charged with disorderly conduct and simple assault. Both were issued summonses on all charges and released from police custody.

One officer was treated by EMS or leg pain, no other officers were injured, and a handgun was not discovered during the incident, Rubin added, noting that no other information is available at this time.

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