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Hoboken Man May Lose Eyesight After New Year's Eve Assault, Police Say

Six men — four of whom were underage — assaulted a 50-year-old man on New Year's Eve in Hoboken.

A Hoboken resident who told police he was attacked by six teenagers on New Year's Eve, may lose sight in one eye, police said on Thursday. 

Spencer Perez and Rolando Santiago, both 18, from Hoboken, and four male juveniles — two 17-year-olds from Hoboken, a 17-year-old from Jersey City, and a 16-year-old from Hoboken — were arrested by Hoboken police and charged with aggravated assualt and endangering an injured victim, police said. 

The victim, 50, told police he walked home around 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve after parking his car in an uptown garage. As he walked westbound on 12th Street, between Hudson and Washington, he noticed a group of six men who had just come from a party.

Police said that the victim immediately thought, "this looks like trouble." The men, however, kept walking without interacting or provoking the group of young men, police said. 

He was then attacked from the back, and the six men started to beat him, police said.

After the assault, the men allegedly left the victim in the street.

The victim's wife thought he had gone missing when he didn't return home, police said. She later found out that he was in the hospital. A Hoboken ambulance worker, who had transported the victim, called in the accident to police headquarters.

The case now goes to trial. The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office may prosecute the juveniles as adults, police said, due to the serious nature of the attack.

Bob-N-Weave March 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM
First, may I say- " May he who is without sin CAST the first stone" Second, there are those who should get punished for what they did, and the courts will determine that. There have been some being accused of this crime for simply being in the vacinity of the assault. Should they get convicted? there was a time when you could jump in and try and rescue the victim BUT in today's society you get charged for doing that as well. So, you all know that most of you would not have jumped in, and I (although would have jumped in to help) understand. I have one charge against myself for helping a girl who was getting beat up by her boyfriend, when I helped, she had me charged for assaulting him, I have another charge for beating up two guys who attempted to rob me, because they went to the hospital for me opening up ones eye, and knocking out the others tooth. you cannot judge the crime without the evidence. LET THE COURTS DO THEIR JOB. NONE OF YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO BE A JUDGE! AND SOME OF YOU MOST LIKELY WHEN DRUNK (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) GET ROUDY ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING YOU WOULD OTHERWISE REGRET WITH THOSE BEER MUSCLES....
Bob-N-Weave March 02, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Hey, one final thought. If one of the accused is proven through a court of law that he is innocent of the charges, should he be able to file charges against the police? the system for failing? the idiotic people posting comments when they have no clue what the hell they are talking about! I guess we will find out once this whole thing finalizes... There may be overtime in this game people! if the assailants get their just due, shouldn't the falsly accused get their just due as well? their are a lot of people being charged without the actual facts. I could have been one, and said Mary Mo-hit him too, or Elton John.. should the police just throw them to the wolves because their name was mentioned.. WE HAVE BECOME A SOCIETY OF GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!!!!!, NOT THE ACTUAL LAW OF INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!!!
Eric March 03, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I made the mistake of doing that years ago, and the girl, who was a friend, treated me like I was the bad guy from stopping him from roughing her up. Lesson learned. I've seen stuff happen since on the street, I don't get physically involved, but I have stayed out of sight and called the cops. On the other incident. I know guys who've had the same thing happen. It's usually been because they didn't just defend themselves they went on to beat the holy hell out of the bad guys. Which is actually illegal even if they really kind of deserve it. The point is, some dude lost his eyesight and even if he said or did something, by law you can only take it so far before it's not self-defense anymore and it turns into revenge. The courts will work it out, but I know who I would bet on, and it's not those kids.
Bob-N-Weave March 03, 2013 at 01:50 AM
HEY, WHILE I AM ON A ROLE WITH MY GREAT COMMENTARY, ISN'T IT FUNNY HOW THE POLICE SAID THEY HAVE THIS ON FILM, AND YET THIS THING IS STILL BEING DRAGGED OUT!!! LET THE VIDEO SPEAK- OOPS!!!! I GUARANTEE THERE IS NO VIDEO... AND IF THERE IS, I AM SURE THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY MISTAKES MADE IN THIS INVESTIGATION THAT THE POLICE WOULD INCRIMINATE THEMSELVES FOR POOR EXECUTION OF POLICE-ING THE EVENT!!!!! how could such a highl traffic area
Erica Richardson December 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
A year later and Rolando Santiago is still bragging about the incident but is claiming he is innocent , shame shame. May the justice system serve them all what they deserve!

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