Police: Hoboken man arrested for hitting man in the head with a hammer in March


A Hoboken man was arrested yesterday for hitting a man in the head with a hammer in March after an argument over a bicycle escalated, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Antonio Melendez, Jr., 52, of Hoboken, was charged with aggravated assault, weapons possession, certain persons not to have a weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Suboxone), and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Det. Lt. Jonathan Mecka.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Officers Christopher Soto and Aaron Font responded to the lobby of 311 13th St. on the report of a man assaulted with a hammer. Upon arriving, Soto met with the victim who was bleeding from a head laceration.

The victim advised officers he was involved in a verbal argument over a bicycle with a man later identified as Melendez. The argument became physical when Melendez took a hammer out of his bag and struck the victim in the head with it.

During the on-scene investigation, officers were able to identify Melendez as the person who struck the victim with the hammer. Prior to the police arriving, he fled the area. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he received several stitches.

Based on his actions, Melendez was charged with the aforementioned assault and weapons charges that were placed on a warrant.

Then, yesterday at approximately 1 p.m. Det. Mark Mullins saw Melendez in the area of 5th and Adams Streets. Prior to stopping him, Mullins confirmed that he still had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, which he did.

At that time, Melendez was stopped and placed under arrest for the crimes that occurred on March 22nd.

Additionally, during search incident to arrest, Melendez illegally possessed Suboxone and drug paraphernalia.

While at headquarters, a second warrant was generated for being in possession of those items and Melendez was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.

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