Police: 18-year-old Hoboken man arrested for robbing business with paintball gun


An 18-year-old Hoboken man was arrested early this morning for robbing a business of cash and merchandise with a paintball gun, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Angel Sanabria, Jr., 18, of Hoboken was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, and theft, according to Police Det. Sgt. Jonathan Mecka.

At approximately 12:25 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of 6th and Washington Streets on the report of an armed robbery.

While in route, officers were provided a description of the actor who brandished a black handgun during the crime then fled south on Washington Street.

When Officer Joshua Campoverde arrived, he took note of the proceeds taken which were valued at over $800. The proceeds included over $600 in cash and other merchandise for sale.

According to the victim, the actor, later identified as Sanabria, showed a handgun and “threatened to kill him if he did anything.” The gun man then collected the valuables and left.

While gathering information, Sgt. David DiMartino observed a male fitting the description of the actor walking in the area of 6th and Grand Streets. As DiMartino approached the potential suspect he noticed he was searching for something in his jacket pocket.

Dimartino was able to safely stop the man, who he identified as Sanabria. During the stop, all proceeds of the crime were recovered, along with a paintball gun.

On Twitter, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante also said the suspect was in possession of ski masks and CBD oil.

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