Hiding from police and providing a false name led to the arrest of a Brick woman and a Phillipsburg man at a Newton boarding house on disorderly persons charges, police said.
Christina Gagliardi, 33, was charged with obstructing the administration of law and hindering apprehension.
Matthew Ollerenshaw, 31, was charged with obstructing the administration of law, hindering apprehension, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes.
At 10:21 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, Newton police responded to a noise complaint at a boarding house at 96 Main St.
Upon arrival, a female occupant of the reported apartment answered the door and was identified as Gagliardi.
Police said Gagliardi said that a male who had been in the apartment — whom she identified as Matthew Walker — had fled from police by jumping out of a second-story window.
Subsequently, it was learned that Gagliardi had provided a false name for the man, according to police.
A check by police revealed that the FBI’s National Crime Information Center had a warrant for Gagliardi out of Ocean County for contempt/failure to appear and she was taken into custody.
Further investigation by patrols located a man within the apartment who was attempting to hide under bed linens and blankets, police said.
At that time, police said he falsely identified himself as Matthew Walker — the same name Gagliardi had provided to police.
Patrols determined that the man had provided a false name, and officers responded back to 96 Main St. and located him in another apartment.
Shortly thereafter, he was accurately identified as Matthew Ollerenshaw and was taken into custody on an active warrant issued by the FBI’s National Crime Information Center for contempt/failure to appear.
A search of Ollerenshaw revealed him to be in possession of 42 empty wax folds commonly used for storing heroin as well as four syringes, police said.
Ollerenshaw and Gagliardi were lodged in the Sussex County Jail.
The 12-room boarding house at 96 Main St. has been the source of controversy for Newton residents.
On Thursday afternoon, the day after the arrests, a group of local residents picketed outside the Main Street boarding house expressing their concerns that something should be done to reduce the drug use and nuisance activity at that boarding house and another at 39 Halsted St., both of which are owned by the same landlord.
Residents stated they felt the activities going on in both houses were negatively impacting the town’s quality of life, with one noting that the drug problem in Newton has “exploded” and another urging the property owner to hire a qualified manager to run the homes to prevent “certain behaviors,” such as drugs coming into the house.