Three were arrested in Bayonne early this morning after a foot pursuit led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle, a loaded gun, and marijuana, authorities said.
Joseph Mackenson, 29, Roobentz Mary, 19, both of Brooklyn, New York, and Olivel Martinez, 20, of Bayonne, were all charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and conspiracy, according to Capt. Eric Amato.
Additionally, Mackenson and Mary were each charged with obstruction of a governmental function, while Mary is also facing unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a large capacity magazine, police said.
The trio was taken into custody around 12:24 a.m. this morning from the area of West 55th Street.
Officers responded to the area of West 55th Street on a report of a suspicious man checking alleyways in the area. Upon arrival, officers located a man, later identified as Martinez, walking on West 55th Street and matching the description provided by the caller.
Two other men, later identified as Mary and Mackenson, were seated inside a parked, but running, red Toyota Yaris with Florida license plates a short distance from where Martinez was walking.
Once Mary and Mackenson observed the police presence, they both exited the vehicle and began fleeing on foot, ignoring the officers’ commands to stop.
During the foot pursuit, an officer observed Mary reach into his waistband and discard a handgun along the side of a building located in the area of 49th Street and Avenue C.
The foot chase ended with Mary being apprehended and arrested in the area of West 55th Street. A short while later, an officer located Mackenson hiding underneath a parked vehicle on West 56th Street and placed him under arrest as well.
During the on-scene investigation, it was determined that the Toyota Yaris had been reported stolen and officers also recovered a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic
handgun containing one high capacity magazine loaded with 22 rounds and one round in the chamber from the area of 49th Street and Avenue C.
During a search, Martinez was also found to be in possession of a Florida insurance card and a key tag belonging to the stolen Toyota Yaris. Inside of the Yaris, a small amount of
marijuana was located and recovered.
While the three men were being processed at headquarters, an officer still in the area of West 55th Street observed a Kia Optima with Pennsylvania license plates parked and blocking a fire hydrant.
The vehicle was unoccupied and the front passenger window was fully opened, releasing a strong odor of raw marijuana from within the vehicle’s passenger compartment.
As officers peered into the vehicle from the opened window, they were able to observe, in plain view, a bag of raw marijuana on the floor in front of the driver’s seat.
The officers relayed this information to the arresting officers at headquarters who were able to confirm that, during the search incident to Mackenson’s arrest, a key to a Kia was recovered from his person.
This key was brought to the scene of the parking violation where it was used to successfully open and start the Kia. The Kia was checked for stolen with negative
results and was subsequently impounded for further investigation, officials said.