Five guests who were thrown out of the Residence Inn hotel on Route 1 in West Windsor because they were allegedly causing a disruption were charged with defiant trespassing after refusing to leave on July 20.

Arrested were: Ronielle R. Howell, 27, and Anjave G. McNeill, 30, both of Brooklyn, New York; Robin N. Blyden, 55, of New York, New York; Zelenah J. Blyden, 25, of Sanford, North Carolina and; Janell Sherese Reid, 25, of Bronx, New York.

Sgt. Kevin Loretucci said that officers were first dispatched to the Residence Inn at 7:34 p.m. in response to a complaint that “noisy guests and their non-registered visitors” had left their children unattended at the pool and refused to cooperate with hotel staff.

Sgt. Loretucci said that the officers advised the guests that they had to comply with the hotel staff and policies and left.

Police were called back again at 11:45 p.m. regarding additional noise complaints and hotel policy violations involving the same guests.

In addition to the noise, there were also 16 people occupying two rooms, Sgt. Loreticci said.

They had been asked to leave the hotel after being confrontational and berating the staff and refusing to comply with hotel rules. Some refused to leave, even though there were told they would receive a full refund.

Sgt. Loretucci said officers reasoned with the guests for almost an hour asking them to leave, but Howell, McNeill, Robin Blyden, Zelenah Blyden, and Reid refused to leave, and became confrontational with officers.

After they ignored additional warnings from the officers, the five were arrested. Howell was not taken into custody since he remained at the hotel to care for three young children and an infant.


DWI arrest

Pramod Chavan, 49, of Cranbury, was arrested Aug. 23 on a drunk driving charge. Police said that Chavan, who was driving a white BMW SUV, was stopped on Friendship Road for speeding and failure to maintain a lane and found to be intoxicated.

Stolen bike

A township resident was the victim of a bicycle theft from the Plainsboro Public Library on Sept. 4 between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Taken was an Infiniti Boss Three boys mountain bike, which had been left unlocked in front of the building.

Car theft

A Hampshire Drive resident was victim of an auto theft between 5 p.m. Sept. 3 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Stolen was a silver 2006 Acura RSX valued at $4,000.

Drug arrest

Kyle D. Tortorelli, 22, of Pennington, was arrested Aug. 31 on a drug possession charge. Police said that Tortorelli, who was driving a gray 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer, was stopped on Route 1 south and found to be in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Police did not report the reason for the stop.

West Windsor

Shoplifting arrest

Julianna K. Ritter, 27, of North Brunswick, was arrested on a shoplifting charge on July 24. Officer Edward McQuade said he was dispatched to Eastern Mountain Sports in MarketFair on a report of a shoplifter who was being detained by the store.

Investigation revealed that Ritter allegedly took a Thule Traverse foot pack, valued at $199.95, into the bathroom with her, removed the item from its packaging and placed it into her purse. She was stopped by the store before she was able to leave the store with the item.

Drug arrests

Timothy J. Gildea, 46 of Edison, was arrested July 17 on a drug possession charge. Officer Megan Erkoboni said she stopped Gildea, who was driving a burgundy 2001 Hyandai, on Route 1 at Alexander Road for broken lights. A search revealed 22 grams of marijuana contained in a plastic bag and an electronic scale with marijuana residue on it. Gildea was also determined to have a warrant for his arrest out of Plainsboro for $1,000.

Robert N. McPherson, 37, of Plainsboro, was arrested on a drug possession charge on July 19. Officer Edward McQuade stopped McPherson, who was driving a beige 2009 Volkswagen minivan, on Route 1 near Harrison Street for speeding and failure to maintain a lane. During the stop, McPherson was found to be in possession of one deck of heroin and one gram of marijuana.

Alex A. Sheffield, 31, of Lawrence, was arrested July 24 on a drug possession charge. Officer Frank Zicha said he stopped Sheffield, who was driving a green 2000 Buick sedan, on Route 1 at Carnegie Center Boulevard for failing to stay within his lane, making an unsafe lane change and making a right turn where no turns are allowed. During the stop, Sheffield was determined to be driving while intoxicated and in possession of a blunt containing marijuana. Sheffield was also found to be wanted on a warrant out of Trenton for $2,500.

Shamera Cheston, a passenger in the car, provided police with a false name and date of birth. After further investigation her true identity was determined, and she was found to be a wanted person out of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. There were also warrants for her arrest out of Hamilton and Lawrence townships. She was charged with hindering apprehension and she then transported to the Lawrence Police Department on the arrest warrant.

Paraphernalia arrest

Steven T. Schwartz, 26, of East Windsor was arrested July 18 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer Alfonso Robles said he stopped Schwartz, who was driving a red 2011 Volkswagen sedan, on Alexander Road near Canal Pointe Boulevard. During the stop, Schwartz was found to be in possession of two glass pipes containing residue from crack cocaine. Police did not report the reason for the stop.