A 10-time felon was caught robbing two people in Hoboken, brandishing a knife as he was chased after, later injured two cops – leaving one hospitalized – during processing, police said.
Gerard R. Fleetwood, 36, of Jersey City, was charged with robbery, burglary, theft, possession of weapons for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of weapons, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and certain persons not to have weapons, according to Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
Shortly after midnight, approximately 12:11 a.m. this morning, Officer Kyle Seper and Sgt. Anthony Russo responded to the area of 2nd and River Street on a reported burglary and theft.
They were met by a male victim from Elizabeth and a female victim from Newark. The two reported that they were sitting in the back seat of their vehicle with the vehicle idling with its lights on.
As they sat there, an unknown man entered the car through the front passenger door and appeared to be startled that the vehicle was occupied. He then grabbed the woman’s cell phone from the front passenger seat and ran northbound on River Street.
The male victim ran after the thief and in the area of 3rd and River Street, the robber turned around and brandished a knife. At this time, the male victim stopped chasing him as he continued fleeing westbound on foot.
The Hoboken Police Department was then notified and through an investigation, the victim’s cell phone was tracked to the area of 7th and Madison Streets.
Officers were dispatched to the area along with a description of the actor. Officers Joseph Spano and Daniel Barron located a man matching the description in the area of 8th and Madison Streets.
The man, now identified as Fleetwood, was ordered to stop for investigation. Officers Tyler Soto and Joseph Lupo then arrived as backup. The investigation led to finding the victim’s cell phone case and a knife in Fleetwood’s possession, authorities said.
Fleetwood was advised that he was being placed under arrest and resisted by tensing his body, preventing officers from placing handcuffs on him. Officers Spano and Soto wrestled Fleetwood to the ground, and as they did, a second knife fell out of his pocket, officials said.
Officers eventually gained control, placed Fleetwood in handcuffs, and transported him to police headquarters. At headquarters, he refused to exit the back seat of the radio car. As a result, officers had to carry him into headquarters.
While in the processing room, Fleetwood continued to refuse directions. Officers attempted to secure him to a bench by removing one of his cuffed wrists. As they did, the arrestee started to flare his arms around, screaming, and acting erratic, police said.
This caused the officers to take Fleetwood to the ground and re-secure his handcuffs. As a result, Soto suffered a laceration to his right arm and a minor injury to his right knee, while Sgt. Saverio Binetti suffered a minor injury to his left hand.
Soto was taken to Hoboken University Medical Center where he was treated and as a result booked off injured. Additionally, Binetti was treated by an ambulance and sought no further treatment and returned to full duty with no restriction.
Fleetwood’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
The victim’s cell phone was not located on Fleetwood at the time of his arrest, but, was later located between two cars in the area of 8th and Madison Street where Fleetwood was arrested.
This morning, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante identified Fleetwood as a 10-time felon in a tweet.
Shortly after midnight, @ 2nd & River St, a 10 time felony convict allegedly went into a car where 2 individuals were sitting & robbed them. The individual had two knives and fought police during processing, injuring 2 of them, hospitalizing one. Press release later this morning
— Chief Ken Ferrante (@KenFerrante) August 16, 2020