A Bayonne man was arrested at the hospital after police discovered that he sustained an injury smashing car windows with a hammer, authorities said.
John Guarini, 39, of Bayonne, was charged with criminal mischief and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.
Guarini was taken into custody around 9:30 a.m. yesterday from in the area of West 24th Street in front of the Jersey City Medical Center Satellite Office.
Officers responded to the area of West 29th Street on a report of a male, later identified as Guarini, using a hammer to break the windows of a vehicle before fleeing the scene in a white Hyundai SUV, police said.
Officers arrived and observed the 38-year-old victim’s 2016 VW Passat with the rear and side windows shattered.
While speaking to the victim and his relative, both stated that they observed Guarini, whom they are familiar with, in their driveway breaking the windows of the victim’s vehicle while screaming expletives, officials said.
They later learned that Guarini had also destroyed one of the security cameras of the residence.
On the scene, numerous witnesses also advised the officers of their similar observations.
After receiving information that Guarini was at the Jersey City Medical Center satellite office seeking medical attention for an injury sustained during the incident, officers responded and located Guarini and his vehicle, authorities said.
Police were also able to observe and recover the hammer used in the incident from the vehicle.