• Gabriel Donio

Downtown arrests

Police charge four in separate incidents


Police made several arrests last week, including four in the downtown area, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said. (Courtesy Photo)

HAMMONTON—Police made several arrests last week, including four in the downtown area, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


• On October 5 at 4:42 p.m., a defiant trespass arrest was made on the prime block of Railroad Avenue, Friel said.


“Police were called to an establishment regarding a defiant trespass,” Friel said.


Friel said Gilberto Mendez, 66, of Hammonton was located by Officer Dalton Scola.


“The accused was advised multiple times that he was not welcome at the establishment. He was located by Officer Dalton Scola and admitted to having been advised that he was not welcome on the property and admitted to being there,” Friel said.


Mendez was placed under arrest for defiant trespass, transported to police headquarters for processing and found to have a warrant in the amount of $1,500 from Medford Lakes, Friel said. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Scola was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


• On October 7 at 2:09 a.m. police were contacted about a suspicious person in the area of Front and 12th Street, Friel said.


Officer Dalton Verderame was checking a male subject sitting on the bench and identified him as Michael Parker, 55, of Hammonton, who was found to have an outstanding NCIC warrant and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, Friel said.


Parker was found to be in possession of a clear glass pipe used for smoking a controlled dangerous substance, Friel said.


Friel said Parker was transported to police headquarters for processing and transported to the Atlantic County Jail on the NCIC warrant.


Officer Dalton Verderame was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


• On October 7 at 9:24 p.m. on the 100 block of 12th Street, police were called to the establishment in reference to a subject being advised not to be on the property after being advised of no trespassing, Friel said.


Officer Richard Carpo responded and was advised by the store manager that Alex Torres, 23, of Hammonton was creating a disturbance at the store, Friel said.


“He was found to be at the store, placed under arrest and charged with defiant trespass,” Friel said.


Torres was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released pending a court appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Carpo was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


• On October 9 at 1:57 a.m., at a motor vehicle stop at West Orchard Street and West End Avenue, Officer Kyle Ambrozaitis witnessed a vehicle failing to maintain a lane of travel on West Orchard Street near West End Avenue, Friel said.


The subject, who originally gave false information about his identity, was eventually identified as Emerson Garcia, 22, of Hammonton and was found to have an NCIC warrant in the amount of $10,000, Friel said.


“Mr. Garcia was found to be operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license and under the influence of alcohol,” Friel said.


Friel said Garcia was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with the following: driving while under the influence; careless driving; unlicensed driver; reckless driving; failure to possess a driver’s license, failure to possess registration, improper display of license plates, failure to maintain a lane and disregard of stop sign or yield sign, Friel said.


Garcia was the transported to the Atlantic County Jail where he is lodged pending his court appearance, Friel said.


Ambrozaitis was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.