Police: Man arrested in Hoboken for stolen vehicle & eluding incidents dating back to January


A man was arrested in Hoboken for multiple stolen vehicle and eluding charges dating back to January 25th, police said.

Jaliyl Johnson, 19, of Jersey City, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, eluding, receiving stolen property, receiving stolen property (vehicle), burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt burglary, and theft, eluding and receiving stolen property (vehicle), resisting arrest by flight, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a public park.

The charges are related to four separate incidents that took place on January 25th, March 3rd, April 8th, and April 20th, according to Det. Lt. Jonathan Mecka.

On Wednesday April 20th, at approximately 2:36 p.m., Det. Adam Colon was off duty in the area of 4th and Washington Streets. While there he recognized Johnson, who had been identified as a wanted man.

Colon contacted an on-duty supervisor who dispatched additional undercover units. As a result, he did not approach Johnson right away because he is considered a flight risk based on past actions.

When the undercover units arrived in the area, Johnson identified them and he began to run away through the intersection of 4th and Washington Streets. At this time, the detectives pursued him on foot and ultimately fell to the ground with him.

Johnson was safely placed under arrest with no further incident. During search incident to arrest, Johnson was found to be in possession of what is believed to be cocaine.

He was charged with resisting by flight and the aforementioned drug charges, which were placed on a warrant.

While at headquarters, Johnson was processed for the following warrants which accumulated over the past three months.

On January 25th at approximately 9:45 p.m. through 1030 p.m., Johnson committed theft of a motor vehicle, eluding and receiving stolen property.

On this day, uniform patrol responded to area of 655 6th St. on the report of a motor vehicle accident. They were provided a description of the striking vehicle which fled the area prior to police arriving.

While there, a call for service came in for a stolen vehicle in the area of 5th and Adams Streets. When officers arrived in the area of 5th and Jefferson Streets, they located a vehicle that matched the description from the accident.

The vehicle appeared to be abandoned. During that on-scene investigation uniformed officers discovered the vehicle was reported stolen from Jersey City.

At this time, a BOLO was provided on the newly stolen vehicle. Officer Marvin DeJesus observed this vehicle in question and attempted to pull it over, however, the driver sped off. Officers could not pursue the vehicle solely based on it being stolen and eluding.

This vehicle was recovered on a later date in Jersey City.

Additionally, on March 3rd, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Johnson with charged for receiving stolen property (vehicle). While  Colon was investigating Johnson, he observed him operating a vehicle which was reported stolen in Jersey City.

The following day, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Johnson was charged with burglary and theft offenses.

On this date, Colon observed him and two other unknown individuals unlawfully enter a parking garage at 770 Jackson St. and then attempting to break into parked cars.

Finally, April 8th, 2022, at 2:12 p.m., in the area of 5th and Monroe Streets, Johnson was charged with eluding and receiving stolen property (vehicle).

At this time, Det. Michael Losurdo observed Johnson in the area of 3rd and Jackson Streets standing near a vehicle believed to be stolen in Jersey City.

When Losurdo circled the block, he saw Johnson entering the driver’s seat of the vehicle and at this time he attempted to pull him over. He did not pull over, instead fleeing at a high rate of speed and Losurdo did not pursue the vehicle.

Johnson was processed then transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.

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