Police: Man spits in Hoboken cop’s face after getting caught stealing cell phone


A man spit in a Hoboken police officer’s face against caught with stealing a cell phone while the owner was eating lunch at McDonald’s, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Matthew Soler, 28, of Bloomfield, was charged with throwing bodily fluids, theft of moveable property, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Police Det. Lt. Jonathan Mecka.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. yesterday, Officers Ramon Estrella and Christopher Barral met with a victim who stated his cell phone was stolen while he was eating lunch at McDonald’s.

The victim said the suspect, later identified as Solar, was using his own stolen cell phone to communicate with him. He told the victim to meet him at the Lackawanna Terminal so he could return it, also advising him not to involve the police.

At this point, the victim called the police and the officers accompanied him to the Lackawanna Terminal to meet Solar. He was stopped, and during an on-scene investigation, he was found to be in possession of the victim’s phone.

Solar also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest issued by Jersey City and Essex County Superior Court. As a result, he was arrested and transported to police headquarters.

While there, Solar was extremely hostile and he spit in a police officer’s face. Additionally, he was found to be in possession of several wax folds used to store heroin.

As a result, the aforementioned charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to Jersey City Police Department based on his open warrant, officials said.

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