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Hoboken Police Sergeant Punched In Face At SantaCon Pub Crawl, 8 Arrested

Rowdiness at the daylong event “picked up rapidly” after 4:30 p.m., the chief said.
Rowdiness at the daylong event “picked up rapidly” after 4:30 p.m., the chief said. Photo Credit: ABC7 Eyewitness News

A Hoboken police sergeant was punched in the face, another sustained a dislocated thumb and two other officers were exposed to blood during the SantaCon pub crawl on Saturday, authorities said.

“Some wonder why I condemn this day!” Police Chief Ken Ferrante tweeted during real-time updates. “No other day like it [the] entire yr in @CityofHoboken . Those that cause it need to pay the consequences.”

Revelers dressed in Santa and elf costumes flooded the city for the annual alcohol-fueled event included a 30-year-old Garfield man charged with disorderly conduct and a 22-year-old from Hawthorne man who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the chief said.

Two others were charged with aggravated assault on police in a fight near Cadillac Cantina, Ferrante said.

Two other officers needed medical attention after they were exposed to blood while breaking up a brawl at Johnny Rockets, the chief said.

A variety of disorderly conduct arrests included those for public urination, Ferrante said. Some pot arrests also were made, he said.

Only 10 bars participated in SantaCon, yet that was more than enough to test the patience of the Mile Square City's finest.

Rowdiness at the daylong event “picked up rapidly” after 4:30 p.m., the chief said.

More than 20 Union City police officers boosted Ferrante’s ranks.

Roving DWI patrols “will put us at 100 and I am ready to bring in more if needed!” the chief tweeted.

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