Arrests made in Westmoreland Nice & Easy robbery following pursuit and accidents in Utica
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Monday's accidents involving Oneida County Sheriff vehicles was the result of a pursuit of a suspect connected to the armed robbery of a Westmoreland Nice & Easy on December 6.
According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, the Criminal Investigation Unit arrested three people Monday after a pursuit in the city of Utica.
The Criminal Investigation Unit was investigating the robbery that occurred at the Nice & Easy located at Route 233 and Main Street in the Town of Westmoreland during the early morning hours of December 6.
The Criminal Investigation Unit, along with the Sheriff's Warrant's Unit, were tailing a red, 2001 Dodge Stratus believed to be occupied by two of the suspects in the Robbery.Authorities said the vehicle is registered to Todd Enquist, who was later determined to be the driver of the vehicle.
The vehicle was parked in the Hannaford Parking lot on Mohawk Street in the City of Utica and was occupied by four individuals.
The Investigators attempted to box in the vehicle when Enquist put the vehicle in gear and rammed into one of the investigators' vehicles as the investigator was attempting to exit his vehicle.
The Dodge Stratus then exited the parking lot and went South on Mohawk Street. In an attempt to elude the investigators, Enquist went West on Plymouth Street and when he came to a dead end, drove his Dodge Stratus across the lawn of O'Connors Park and went West on Arthur Street.
The Investigators lost the vehicle at this point until the Dodge Stratus was spotted going West on the Parkway.
Investigators caught up to the vehicle and attempted to pull it over.
Enquist drove up on the embankment on the Parkway and when he came back down he sideswiped another Investigators car. The Dodge Stratus came to a stop when at Parkway and Oneida Street, Enquist drove up over a curb and struck a metal light pole.
The pole which came crashing down, landed across the Parkway blocking two lanes of traffic.
Part of the pole smashed through the windshield of the investigators car who was sideswiped earlier. Some civilian vehicles sustained minor damage also.
The driver of the vehicle, Todd Enquist was taken into custody at this point along with Heather Collins who was a passenger in the vehicle.
The two suspects in the Robbery fled on foot.
Another suspect, Jeanette Myers, was apprehended a short distance from the crash site by Investigators and Jermey Fazekas was taken into custody by a Sheriff's Road Patrol Deputy at Oneida and James Street.
The Utica Police Department assisted in the arrest.
According to the Sheriff's Office all four individuals were brought to the Sheriff's Office as Sheriff's Deputies and Utica Police handled the crash scene. Sheriff's Investigators questioned the four regarding the robbery.
A third suspect in the robbery, who was not involved with the Utica incident was still at large.
Members of the New York / New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force along with members of the Sheriff's Office went to Pine Haven Trailer Park in Blossvale and located the third suspect.
Taken into custody in Blossvale was Gerald Cosentino without incident.
According to the Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit, arrested was:
Jermey G.Fazekas, 28 and Jeanette L. Myers, 27, both residing at the same address in Vernon
Gerald J. Cosentino, 36 of Blossvale
Fazekas, Myers, Cosentino, were all charged with first-degree robbery.
Heather Collins, who was only a passenger in Enquist's vehicle was questioned and released. Authorities said she had no involvement in the Robbery.
Todd W. Enquist, 33, of Vernon was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief for his failing to comply and crashing into the investigators' vehicles.
Enquist was was taken to Utica City lockup where he would wait for arraignment in Utica City Court Tuesday morning.
Jermey Fazekas, Jeanette Myers and Gerald Cosentino were taken to the Village of New York Mills Court and arraigned on the charge of first-degree robbery.
The three were arraigned and sent to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail and $50,000 bond.
The three are to appear back in the Village of New York Mills Court on Wednesday December 15.
Authorities said the investigation is still ongoing.