Gun and drug charges for Hoboken man

Gun and drug charges for Hoboken man
Monday, February 06, 2006
Jersey Journal

HOBOKEN - A city man was arrested yesterday in connection to an early morning shoot-out in the uptown Hoboken neighborhood, that damaged several car windows but left no one injured, authorities said.

The shooting occurred along Park Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets at 7:19 a.m. yesterday morning, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Costello said.

Police believe a black Ford Explorer carrying four men pulled up to 9th Street and Park Avenue and opened fire on Jason Torres, 20, a Park Avenue resident who had reportedly been in a fight with the men earlier that morning at the Spa Diner on Hudson Street, Costello said.

Torres fired back while running north to his apartment at 10th Street and Park Avenue, witnesses told police. Police uncovered nearly 30 spent shell casings at the scene.

Police questioned Torres, who then surrendered his semi-automatic handgun, Costello said. In his apartment, police also found a box containing 900 clear plastic bags commonly used to sell marijuana, Costello said.

Torres was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and fourth-degree possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $40,000 cash, which he failed to post. He went to Hudson County jail.

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