Four Suspects in New Rochelle Car Crash Were Fleeing Connecticut Beauty Store Robbery, Police Say

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The driver of a white Nissan Altima was involved in a violent collision with two other vehicles on Sunday evening on Weyman Avenue near the Home Depot. The four people in the vehicle jumped out of the car and ran away.

The group was traveling in a vehicle wanted in connection with multiple larceny investigations in Connecticut, fleeing a traffic stop by Westchester County Police on the New England Thruway.

The pursuit began at 6:25 pm when four people were reported driving a wanted Nissan Altima to the Westchester County Real Time Crime Center.

The vehicle was subsequently located by a Westchester County Police Officer in Rye, NY, traveling South on I-95. The officer made a traffic stop near Exit 15. The vehicle contained four males.

The driver refused to exit the vehicle as requested by the officer, and then drove off when the officer attempted to open the driver’s side door.

Westchester County, joined by New York State Police, pursued the vehicle until it exited I-95 at Boston Post Road Exit 15 in New Rochelle

As he canvassed the area, the WCPD officer came upon the scene of an accident that had occurred involving the suspect vehicle at Main Street and Weyman Avenue. The four occupants had already fled the scene on foot.

Our officer subsequently apprehended one of the suspects on Drake Avenue as he attempted to climb a fence into a backyard. A second suspect was arrested on Main Street and a third at Drake Avenue and John Street, where he was trying to hide under a parked car.

New Rochelle Police Officers and New York State Troopers were involved in the search for the suspects, along with other Westchester County Police officers. New Rochelle Police officers apprehended two of the suspects and turned them over to Westchester County Police. The three suspects were booked at County Police headquarters in Hawthorne, NY.

Items that had been stolen from an Ulta Beauty location in Connecticut were found in the car.

Kareem Johnakin, 26, of Brooklyn, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, a D Felony.

Two other suspects, both 18 years old, are considered juveniles under New York State law. They were released to family members.

The fourth suspect was not apprehended.

Johnakin is in custody at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, NY. He was scheduled to appear in Westchester County Criminal Court earlier today.

This is not Johnakin’s first stay in the Westchester County Jail. On December 19, 2019, he was booked into jail then Paroled to Community Supervision.