14 arrested as sloshed Santas fight, punch cop at Hoboken SantaCon

December 16, 2018 - 1:31 pm

HOBOKEN, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Another year, another round of arrests at Hoboken’s SantaCon.

Fourteen people were arrested Saturday at the controversial event that sees Santa-clad young people hopping from bar to bar in the city, police said.

One man was arrested for allegedly punching a police sergeant in the face.

Several officers were hurt in a fight near Cadillac Cantina, one of the bars participating in the event, police said. One of the officers had a dislocated thumb.

The arrests included drunken driving, assault, criminal sexual contact and resisting arrest.

Like last year, Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante live-tweeted out updates of arrests and boorish behavior seen on the streets as 100 officers mobilized to try to keep order.

Ferrante told 1010 WINS about the negative aspects of SantaCon.

“It’s a day that’s just asking 21 to 25-year-olds to come to town, drink and that turns into them getting rowdy, where we have fights, we have sexual contact, sometimes sexual assaults,” he said.

Ferrante says they have zero tolerance to try to prevent crimes from happening.

“The only way to do that is to have an extremely strong police presence and trying to intercede before we see criminal or violent behavior,” he said.

The negative attention towards the event seems to be having an effect.

Last year, 30 bars took part in SantaCon. This year, it was only 10.

The number of arrests at this year’s event was also a bit lower; 14 this year as of Sunday, compared to 17 last year.

Ferrante said Sunday 46 tickets were issued, as were 33 ordinance violations.