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Hoboken Police Dept. Gives Update on Hostage Situation Ending — What We Know

by Jennifer Tripucka
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Update as of October 16, 2020 at 8:54PM from Chief Ferrante via Press Release:

Early this afternoon, Hoboken Police received reports of a possible endangered family on the 700 block of Garden Street in Hoboken. Initial attempts to make contact with the family was made by Hoboken Police as well as other agencies including DCPP and Mobile Crisis.

At approximately 230pm, Hoboken Police began a second round of attempts to make communications with the family. Within an hour, determination was made to attempt to enter the building based on the information officers had at hand. Once the Hoboken Police Dept attempted to enter the door, it was determined that there were multiple people inside the home.

The ESU team stopped their entry and crisis and hostage negotiators from the Hudson County Regional Swat Team were called to the scene. Negotiators and Hoboken Police Lieutenant Melissa Gigante were initially unable to make contact with others inside, however, one adult female was safely removed from the house at approximately 3:30pm.

At that time, it was unknown what was transpiring inside the building, but it was confirmed that a 5 yr old boy was still inside. The Hudson County Regional Swat Team was then deployed to the scene as Hoboken PD ESU remained around the building.

After several hours and multiples types of attempts to make communication with an adult male inside, determination was made to make entry into the house.

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Shortly before 7pm, the Hudson County Regional SWAT team entered the house and safely removed a 5 yr old boy who appears to have been unharmed physically. The SWAT team also took a 41 yr old male into custody without injury to him or any law enforcement officer.

Tonight, the 41 yr old male is being charged with 2nd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, while the 5 yr old is in the safe custody of his mother.

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Chief Ken Ferrante stated, ”I would like to thank the Hoboken Police Department’s School Resource Officers under Lieutenant Melissa Gigante, and Sergeants Chris LaBruno and David Olivera, the Hoboken Police Dept’s Patrol officers and ESU team under the supervision of Sgt. Luke Zeszotarski, the Hoboken Police Detectives under Capt. Gino Jacobelli, and especially Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, her staff, and the Hudson County Regional SWAT team for the collaboration today which made a highly complicated, concerning and potentially dangerous situation, result in a safe recovery of a 5 yr old boy and successful apprehension of a male, without injury to anyone! The creation of the Hudson County Regional SWAT team by Prosecutor Suarez, once again results in a peaceful and successful ending due to the skills, training and leadership of this team!”

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla stated, “I’m very grateful to all of our law enforcement personnel, including the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and it’s Regional SWAT Team, our Emergency Service Unit, detectives and police officers for going above and beyond responding to the scene of a highly dangerous situation tonight. Thanks to their quick and provisional response, all individuals are physically safe. My thoughts are with the victims of the unfortunate incident.”

The suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Reports of a hostage situation have come out on Twitter in the area of 8th Street near Park Avenue. Reports are limited, but multiple law enforcement agencies are present on the scene — including a SWAT van.

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Update as of 7:53PM 10/16/20:

The situation has reportedly ended peacefully and a suspect is in custody. More details to come once they’re made available.

The Hoboken Police Twitter account tweeted at 5:03PM to avoid the area of 6th to 8th Street from Bloomfield to Park Avenue due to police activity.




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