Paterson police broke up 3 group gatherings, charged 13 people for violating Covid-19 orders | Paterson Times

Paterson police broke up 3 group gatherings, charged 13 people for violating Covid-19 orders


The police broke up three groups and charged 13 people in different parts of Paterson, according to authorities.

Police charged Luis Mojica, 34, John Rodriguez, 31, Ramon Rodriguez, 25, Kyle Joans, 20, Trindell Smith, 47, James Hart, 45, and Ernest Moss, 49, Foquir Melton, 22, Darren Johnson, 52, Devon Hobsen, 27,  Jesus Hernandez, 65, Timothy Stefanovich, 43, and Jerome Ford, 64, all of Paterson, with violating emergency orders to curb the spread of the new coronavirus on Saturday.

Mojica, John Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, and Joans allegedly gathered on Park Avenue without an essential purpose. They refused to disperse and were not practicing social distancing, authorities said.

Smith, Hart, and Moss allegedly gathered on Rosa Parks Boulevard without an essential purpose and refused to disperse, authorities said.

Melton, Johnson, Hobsen, Hernandez, Stefanovich, and Ford gathered in the corner of Main and Weiss streets without essential purpose. Police tried to disperse the crowd, but they refused to scatter.

All 13 face $1,000 penalty and six months in jail.

  • keymaker

    Paterson police should do that not just during the quarantine but all the time. Too many people loitering around the city without purpose all the time.

    • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

      It's called the 1st Amendment jackass

      • keymaker

        Let me guess? In your tiny brain. Hanging on street corners and loitering around all day is what the 1st amendment refers to the right of the people peaceably to assemble. Paterson is a shithole cause it’s the only town around that allows that type of bullshit. Thank god I don’t live there anymore.

        • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

          Yeah you figured it all out. I don't live in Paterson first of all, I agree it is a shithole but that's because of the moron voters who vote in the radical left win turds election after election… That being said, the Bill Of Rights is absolute. They have the right to hang out on that corner regardless of how you fell about it. Craven scum like you would willingly bend over and take it up the arse from these fascists in exchange for a false sense of security. I won't.

        • LL ME

          this guy is an idiot…dumb as dirt. DemocrapSocialistsSuck

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            Yeah because you Socialists suck.

      • LL ME

        Apparently you must have one brain cell.. you just don't care.

        • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

          "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

          Ben Franklin

  • Paterson Resident

    They need to do this all the time and Mr. Andre now we know that if they can do it now. It was possible all along. Let the police do what we pay them for.

  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    This is not Nazi Germany or Communist China. This is America we have the Bill Of Rights. Once this blows over the lawsuits will be coming and I hope the courts make these fascist socialists like Grewal pay through the nose. MAGA

  • peejay1954

    low hanging fruit. easy revenue for the city. BUT I still don't think it's a good idea of hanging around together in this time of pandemic. witness the number of cases. Tear Gas is much more effective for crowd dispersal.