Police: Two homeless men arrested in Hoboken after pretending BB gun was a real weapon


Two homeless men were arrested in Hoboken after one of them acted as if a BB gun was a real weapon, threatening someone while riding on a shuttle to a warming center, police said. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Fabian Valle, 19, who is homeless but most recently lived in Kearny, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a Weapon for an unlawful purpose, making terroristic threats, hindering apprehension, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Marijuana), possession of CDS paraphernalia and bail jumping, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Additionally, Joseph Catagnus, 27, who is homeless but most recently lived in Hoboken, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, hindering apprehension and three counts of bail jumping, authorities said.

Last night around 8:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Newark and Hudson Streets on a report of a man with a handgun. He was inside a bus used to shuttle the homeless to warming centers, officials said.

As the officers arrived, they were advised that the incident began with an argument inside the bus between two males. The victim advised Officer Luke Zsezotarski that the defendant had pointed a gun at him while inside the bus, police said.

He was able to describe the defendant to the officers, who while searching the bus and found him. Then, Officer Elias Colon searched Valle, but a gun was not found, instead he located it on Catagnus, who was concealing it under a bag, authorities said.

Both defendants were placed under arrest and a black, Airsoft-style BB gun was recovered. Each defendants was searched and a small amount of marijuana was found on Catagnus, officials said.

Furthermore, the defendants were also found to have outstanding warrants outside of Hoboken. Valle was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center and Catagnus was given a summons for his charges, but still remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center due to the outstanding warrants, police said.

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