Perth Amboy Police Blotter: Officers Break Up Street Fight, Make Drug Arrests

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PERTH AMBOY – On Thursday, Dec. 1 at 9:55 p.m. police were dispatched to the 300 block of Madison Avenue to investigate a report of a motor vehicle accident that had turned into a street fight with weapons.

When police arrived, they found people in the street fighting. Javier Hernandez, 35, of Perth Amboy and Andrew Ramos, 40, of Brick were allegedly fighting in the middle of the street; police seized two pocket knives as evidence. Both men were arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch set bail at $5,000 with no 10 percent option for both defendants. Perth Amboy resident Maurice Allen, 29, was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

Ramos told police he was traveling in his vehicle on Fayette Street when he observed a vehicle double parked. He attempted to drive around it and in the process the passenger side mirror of his vehicle struck the driver side mirror of the double parked vehicle. He turned south on Madison Avenue and parked, when he was approached by Hernandez and another man. They accused him of leaving the scene of the accident. A verbal argument escalated to a physical fight between the three males, police said.

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On Thursday, Dec. 1, police received information that Pedro Pomales, 27, was allegedly selling cocaine from a Commerce Street residence. The Special Investigation Bureau established surveillance at this location, and observed a red colored Mitsubishi Galant pulled into the driveway of this residence with two occupants inside. Police saw Pomales exit the front door of the residence and approach the passenger side of the vehicle.

Observing that a drug transaction was about to occur, the individuals were approached by Detectives. After a police investigation Pomales was found to be in possession of a magnetic hide-a-key box that contained 10 small bags of cocaine which were packaged for individual sale along with $135 in cash, authorities said. From the vehicle, three bags of marijuana were recovered.

Pomales, as well as the occupants of the vehicle – Rafael Espinos-Vicens, 26, and a juvenile, were placed under arrest. Sgt. Carmelo Jimenez led the investigation

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On Friday, Dec. 2, members of the Perth Amboy Police Department Special Investigations Bureau arrested Pedro A. Rodriguez, 26, of Carteret, for allegedly selling cocaine in the Perth Amboy. Police recovered a large rock of cocaine that weighed approximately 52 grams from his vehicle; it had a street value of $5,000. Rodriguez also had $129 in cash that was seized. Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch set bail at $25,000 with no 10 percent option. Officer David Guzman conducted the investigation with the assistance of Investigative Bureau personnel.

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On Monday, Dec. 5, at 8:35 a.m., police were dispatched to a residence on the 300 block of Eagle Avenue in response to a burglary in progress call. The victim reported that she heard someone knocking on the front door but before she could answer the door she heard commotion in her downstairs apartment. The caller was upstairs hiding as she called police.

When police arrived they observed a young Hispanic male, later identified as John Leon, age 19, wearing a black hooded sweater and blue jeans, exit through the front door. The suspect attempted to go back inside the residence but the door behind him locked. Police arrested the suspect. Two other suspects, Adderly Plasencia, 18 and Kelvin Jose Munoz-Alvarez, 27, fled as police arrived, but both were apprehended after police gave chase.

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