Hoboken’s annual LeproCon bar crawl leads to 15 arrests, 2 cops injured


Hoboken’s annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed bar crawl, LeproCon, led to 15 arrests and two police officers being injured this year, leading Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante to say he is “disturbed” by the chaos associated with these types of events.

Photo courtesy of HobokenStpatricksday.com.
Photo via HobokenStpatricksday.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

In a news release issued yesterday, Ferrante announced that the Hoboken Police Department received 432 calls for service, down 27 from last year (459), between 8 a.m. on Saturday and 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Ferrante said that Hoboken police were well prepared for the event, receiving aid from the Union City, North Bergen, Westfield and Port Authority Police Departments, as well as NJ Transit police and the Hudson County Rapid Deployment Force.

The most alarming arrest came when a former Delaware University running back physically ran right through two police officers who questioned him about his involvement with a fight at McDonald’s around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

As a result of being forcefully knocked to the ground, Det. Christine Collins suffered three broken ribs, while Sgt. Steve Aguiar suffered a dislocated shoulder. Both went to the Hoboken University Medical Center to be treated for their injuries and have both been placed on injured status, Ferrante said.

Christopher Smallwood, 24, of Warminster Pennsylvania, turned himself into authorities yesterday afternoon and was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, according to Ferrante.

“I am disturbed by the repeated behavior that is occurring on these types of themed events, and have several measures that I am exploring with my command staff that I feel needs to be taken,” Ferrante exclaimed in the news release.

“I will not tolerate having any of our officers injured, for the purposes of a few to make a financial profit at the expense of our residents, and for the purposes of promoting deviant behavior attached to various holidays, which results in citizens and officers being hospitalized!”

Ferrante also thanked all the law enforcement agencies who helped patrol the streets during LeproCon, noting that 200 officers were in the street for the event.

This year’s number of arrests 15, is up from 2015, 11, tickets for city ordinance violations are down significantly from last year (54 vs. 93), along with 16 motor vehicle violations.

Finally, 35 people were transported to the hospital at this year’s LeproCon, compared to 39 in 2015.

LeproCon is sponsored by a private promoter and a number of local bars and has no affiliation with the City of Hoboken or its officials.

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    • An insulting, ignorant and small minded comment. I would say you should be ashamed of yourself but at this I doubt that you are self aware enough to do so.

  1. Deviant behavior? Is the=is chief a Puritan?
    Hoboken promotes itself as a haven for post college guys and gals and has no problem tolerating wild behavior every other weekend of the year, without worrying about “residents”. If the City wants Hoboken to be a family town then it needs to pass ordinances prohibiting dormitory type housing which is built for the sole purpose of housing recent fraternity and sorority grads.
    Of course, that will never happen because the people who fund the Mayor’s campaigns are the realtors and developers who benefit from the college crowd.
    So, the short of it is that the Chief needs to stop whining and stop over-reacting to one or two weekends out of the year and start providing real protection every other day of the year.

  2. Romano and Little Joe own bars right? Maybe if Romano runs in 2017 he can run on a platform of having weekends like this all the time. Should be real popular