Arrested again; Kearny man with criminal sexual contact warrant and four other outstanding warrants

Kearny Douglas Welfl
(Photo courtesy of the Kearny Police Department.)

KEARNY – A Kearny man with a hefty criminal background and several outstanding warrants, including a criminal sexual contact warrant, is back in Hudson County Jail as of May 9th, officials said.

Douglas Welfl, 29 of Kearny, was arrested at around 7:00 a.m. on May 9th after Officer John Fabula observed him in the area of Kearny Avenue and Pavonia Avenue.

Officer Fabula was familiar with Welfl due to past police interactions and was aware that Welfl had several outstanding warrants, the most recent being an alleged sexual contact charge.

Chief Dowie of Kearny Police was able to confirm that the sexual contact occurred in the same residence but did not provide further details on the incident.

He was placed under arrest and transported to Hudson County Jail after the following outstanding Kearny warrants were confirmed with headquarters: A simple assault warrant with a $25,000 bail, a violation of final restraining order warrant with a $25,000 bail, and a criminal sexual contact warrant with a $2,000 bail. Welfl also had two outstanding criminal warrants out of North Arlington in the amount of $669 and a town ordinance warrant in the amount of $300.

Welfl has a record dating back to May of 2006 where he was charged with resisting arrest, eluding officer. He was also arrested in September of 2006. In 2008 he was charged with hindering prosecution and burglary.

According to, in September of 2014, Welfl was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted burglary and possession of burglar tools after the Kearny Police Department “received reports of two individuals attempting to enter a half-dozen parked vehicles on the 160 block of Hoyt St.” Then in October of 2014, a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges on burglary and theft after a 2002 Jeep was stolen from the 100th block of Windsor St.


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