KPD: Woman throws iPhone at wife, cracking her lip

On January 11th at 9:01 am, the police dispatch received several calls for a house fight. Officer Travis Witt and several reserve officers were dispatched. A 48-year-old woman reported that she had an argument with her 54-year-old wife, and the wife threw her iPhone at her, hit her in the face and tore her lip.

Officers arrested the wife on charges of simple assault and gun possession.

She was later released with a summons.

On January 9th at 9:53 amOfficer Sean Podolski is dispatched to a Walgreen’s at 248 Kearny Ave. On a report of a store robbery. A store manager described a man to the officer who allegedly filled a bag with $354.19 worth of over-the-counter sleep aids and painkillers, then fled on a BMX bike without paying.

Officer Nick Funk located the suspect minutes later near 450 Bergen Street. After further investigation, Officer Funk arrested Dana J. Gallagher, 45, of Carteret. Officers charged Gallagher with shoplifting. He is being held in the Hudson County Jail on an arrest warrant issued by the Middlesex County Superior Court for violating a court order.

On January 10 at 2:43 p.mOfficer Damian Kolodzij and several reserve officers responded to a domestic dispute in a private home. There, a 17-year-old reported having an argument with her 18-year-old boyfriend about fidelity and the argument became physical.

Specifically, the victim said the suspect locked the door to prevent her from leaving, then pushed her onto the bed where she hit her on the back. The suspect reportedly hit her on the leg and grabbed her arms before brandishing a razor and threatening the victim. The victim was eventually able to get out of the room and call her mother, but she experienced constant pain in her leg.

Officers arrested the suspect on charges of simple assault, terrorist threats, criminal restraint, and gun possession offenses. He is being held in the Hudson County Jail.

On January 11th at 8:51 am, Officer John Fearon and Sgt. Phil Finch has been sent into a house dispute. Officers were told that Christopher D. Zapata, 25, of Belleville, came to the home to see the victim’s 31-year-old son. However, an argument broke out between the victim and Zapata in which Zapata allegedly threatened to return with a gun and shoot the victim and her 16-year-old nephew.

Officers arrested Zapata for making terrorist threats.

He was held in the county jail in South Kearney.

On January 11 at 7:14 p.mOfficer Danny Magagno took a report of domestic violence to police headquarters. A 39-year-old Kearney woman reports that she has a restraining order against her co-father, a 41-year-old North Arlington resident.

The victim reported that a parent harassed her by contacting her friends, family, the child’s school, and the therapist with allegations including that the victim was a prostitute and a prostitute. It was also alleged that the man sent harassment videos to the victim’s family members.

When the suspect showed up at KPD HQ at 8pm to exchange custody of the couple’s child (some parents exchange custody of their children in the lobby of the police station by court order or recommendation), the officers arrested him.

The man was charged with contempt of court and also held under an outstanding arrest warrant in Bloomfield Township for contempt (without bail) from a separate incident.

The man has been locked up in the Hudson County Jail.

On January 12 at 3:45 p.mSgt. Jay Ward and Officers Ferrone and Elsie Ogando are sent to report the robbery of two women at ShopRite. A store manager alleged that Ashley N. Anderson, 28, of Newark, avoided scanning some merchandise at self-checkout and placed “paid for” bags over unpaid items as a ruse.

She then allegedly attempted to leave the store and $41.34 worth of unpaid merchandise.

The manager also reported seeing Isiah J. Cameron, 30, of East Orange, hide $30.73 worth of snow crab legs inside her jacket in an effort to deny the store retail value.

The two women were arrested and charged with theft.

They were later released on summons.

On January 12 at 9:43 p.mOfficer Anthony Oliveira inquired about the license plate of a double-stop Mercedes on Brighton Street and learned that the vehicle’s registration and owner’s license were suspended. When Officer Oliveira asked Elizabeth’s driver, Roger H. Jaramillo, 34, to get out of the car, he said he saw a bunch of empty Heineken beer bottles in the driver’s door compartment and back seat, then found a small Ziploc bag containing a white beer. Cocaine residue in Jaramillo’s pocket.

Officer Oliveira also found a glass “crack tube” under the front passenger seat.

Jaramillo was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Traffic summonses were issued and recorded for driving with a suspended license, double parking, failure to turn in a suspended license, and opening a container of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle.

Jaramillo was later released.




Captain Timothy Wagner | Kearney Police Department



Captain Timothy Wagner is the Kearney Police Department’s Public Information Officer and commander of the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit. He contributes to KPD Blotter weekly and writes it all up.



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