Hoboken’s vaccine-only SantaCon event on Saturday saw only four arrests: two for assaulting police officers and two more for drunk driving, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Less than 48 hours before the event, Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. William Montanez announced that bars would be enforcing a vaccine mandate for the annual holiday-themed bar crawl.
The event spurned 221 calls for service, 28, medical calls, eight motor vehicle summonses, three city ordinances issues, and four arrests. The last SantaCon in 2019 (last year’s was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) saw 521 calls for service and eight arrests.
Michael Koziol, 26, of Bloomfield, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
At about 6:22 p.m., while in the area of 81 River St., Police Officer Dylan Archilla witnessed a male identified as Koziel urinating in public. Archilla approached him with the intention of issuing him a city ordinance for urinating in public.
Koziol refused to identify himself, pushed Archilla, and attempted to walk away. Koziol was placed under arrest for assaulting an officer and transported to police headquarters for processing.
He was charged on a summons with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and a city ordinance for urinating in public.
Additionally, Lindsey Kromitz, 21, of Ogdenburg, was charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
At about 10:13 p.m., Sgt. Edward Sellick, Det. Ryan Houghton, along with Police Officers Dennis Figueroa, and Liana Palladino observed a verbal dispute in front of 221 Washington St.
Kromitz was arguing over a missing credit card, which was later found in her purse. During the interaction, she was acting in a disorderly fashion and was given several warnings to stop.
The defendant continued her behavior until she was placed under arrest after shoving Figueroa. As Kromitz was being escorted in handcuffs to the radio car by Palladino, she attempted to pull away and struck the officer in the face with the back of her head.
Kromitz was transported to headquarters and charged on a summons with the aforementioned charges.
Furthermore, Juannubar Mazlymian, 23, of Staten Island, New York, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, making an improper turn from an approved turning course, and failure to exhibit documents.
At about 2:07 a.m. on Sunday, Police Officer Joshua Campoverde conducted a motor vehicle stop for a motor vehicle violation in the area of 50 Observer Highway with Police Officer Anthony Rutkowski as his backup.
During the stop, Campoverde suspected the driver to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Campoverde conducted a standardized field sobriety test and concluded that Mazlymian was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Mazlymian was transported to police headquarters for processing, where he provided the necessary breath samples to Officer Rutkowski for chemical testing.
He received motor vehicle summonses for the previously noted offenses and released to a responsible party.
Finally, Adrianna Alves, 26, of New Rochelle, New York, was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to chemical testing, reckless driving, and going the wrong way on a one-way street.
On Sunday at about 2:22 a.m., Police Officer Ricky Truppner conducted a motor vehicle stop for observing a vehicle being driven the wrong way on a one way on Hudson Street from Newark Street.
During the stop, Officer Truppner suspected the driver to be under the influence of an intoxicant. He conducted a standardized field sobriety test and concluded that Alves was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Alves was transported to headquarters for processing, where he refused to provide the necessary breath samples for chemical testing. Alves received four motor vehicle summonses before behind released to a responsible party, authoritie said.