Jersey City man facing charges after violent encounter with Bayonne police yesterday


A Jersey City man is facing a slew of charges after a violent encounter with Bayonne police yesterday where he was shot after driving his car into two police vehicles.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Kelvin Oritz, 35, of Jersey City, is charged with eluding, four counts of aggravated assault (attempt to cause serious bodily injury), unlawful possession of a weapon (vehicle), and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (vehicle), Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

He is currently in custody at the Jersey City Medical Center.

Yesterday, just after 6:45 a.m., the Bayonne Police Department received a report of a theft from a gas station on 53rd Street near Avenue E.

Responding officers located a person of interest, later identified as Ortiz, at a parking lot in the area of Broadway and 54th Street.

After being approached by law enforcement, Ortiz fled the scene in his vehicle, striking two police vehicles and an unoccupied civilian vehicle. One officer discharged his service weapon at this time in the Burger King parking lot.

Ortiz was located a short time later in the area of Linden Avenue and Scott Street in Jersey City with apparent gunshot wounds.

In accordance with guidelines by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and AG’s office were notified.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team and Major Crimes Unit are actively investigating this matter.

Back in December 2018, Ortiz was charged with shoplifting and obstructing a government function for stealing $49.98 worth of merchandise from a local CVS and then fleeing during the on-scene police investigation, authorities said.

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