Police: Man spits at Hoboken cop, busted for PCP, after two attempted carjackings


A man spat at a Hoboken police officer and was busted for being in possession of PCP after authorities approached him about two attempted carjackings.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Madhur Patel, 24, of Jersey City, was charged with carjacking, throwing bodily fluid at a law enforcement officer, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Phencyclidine or PCP), according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

On Monday at about 4:26 p.m., the Hoboken Police Department received multiple 911 calls of a man attempting to enter motor vehicles in the area of 14th Street and Park Avenue.

Police Officers Francis McCourt and Enrico Gnassi responded and located the suspect, later  identified as Patel. Two victims reported that they were stopped at a red light at the intersection of 14th Street and Park Avenue with one vehicle stopped behind the other.

As they waited for the light to turn green, Patel approached their vehicles and attempted to gain entry by pulling on their driver’s door handle.

He was unsuccessful in both attempts as both cars were locked. While the officers were conducting their investigation, Patel spat at McCourt hitting him on his leg. As a result of the investigation and spitting on McCourt, Patel was placed under arrest.

Patel was searched incident to his arrest and was found to be in possession of PCP. His charges were placed on a warrant, and after being processed, was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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