Police make second arrest after man was allegedly robbed, dragged across parking lot

Joseph Smith

In February of 2019, a man was allegedly robbed and dragged across a Hannaford parking lot while purchasing a PlayStation from a seller he met on the LetGo app.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 3:46 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON MILLS, N.Y. – In February of 2019, a man was allegedly robbed and dragged across a Hannaford parking lot while purchasing a PlayStation from a seller he met on the LetGo app.

Nicholas Beecher, of Chadwicks, ended up in the hospital after the incident with several injuries, including hematomas to the brain. Beecher says two men stole cash from him and grabbed his belt before they drove off, dragging him along with the vehicle.

In June of 2019, police arrested 22-year-old Marquise Howard of Rome and charged him with robbery. Police say he was the passenger in the vehicle.

Another suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection with the same incident. Police say after a lengthy investigation, they have arrested Joseph Smith, 24, of Utica, and charged him with first-degree robbery.

Police say Beecher was meeting the two men for the exchange at the Washington Mills Hannaford around 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2019. When Beecher approached the vehicle with $140 in cash, Howard grabbed the money out of his hand, and then held on to his belt while Smith attempted to drive away. Beecher was dragged until Howard let go.

Smith was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Utica on an active warrant stemming from this investigation.

He was arraigned in Oneida County Court.

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