A 23-year-old Newark, N.J., man is facing multiple charges, and could be facing many more, after he led police
on a high-speed pursuit in Rye early Monday morning that left one police officer injured.
Anthony M. Brown has already been charged with felony second-degree assault, grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief as well as a number of misdemeanors and violations.
Police said Brown and another man, who has not yet been identified or apprehended, stole a 2000 Jeep before crashing it into a police car and injuring Port Chester police officer Salvatore Baldo, who was assisting in the pursuit.
The wild events began shortly before 3 a.m. when police received a report of a man breaking into cars on Theodore Fremd Avenue. A police officer observed a car in a secluded lot at 160 Theordore Fremd Avenue and pulled in front of it and turned on his emergency lights. Brown, who was driving the Jeep, fled in the Jeep, picked up a passenger, and started a pursuit through numerous red lights and traffic stops that led police from Theodore Fremd Avenue, to Purchase Street, to Boston Post Road, to Grace Church Street, to Forest Avenue, onto Highland Road, and into Apawamis Golf Club, where the car struck Baldo’s police car and crashed into a fence.
The suspects then fled on foot, and Baldo suffered a right knee injury as he tried to catch Brown, who was scaling a fence. Baldo’s injury was not believed to be serious.
Police from Rye, Port Chester, Harrison and Rye Brook set up a perimeter, and later a Rye Brook police officer located Brown on a bike on Purchase Street, where he was arrested. Brown was found to be in possession of a knife, an iPod and a sandwich bag full of loose change. Police also found a screwdriver, a black knit cap and gloves near the recovered Jeep. A variety of items believed to have been stolen were found inside the Jeep.
Brown refused to identify the other suspect, telling police he assumed they had already caught him.
Earlier in the night, New Rochelle police had attempted to apprehend Brown and the unidentified suspect on Interstate 95 after receiving a report of a stolen Jeep.
Lt. Joseph Verille said Rye detectives are still investigating other larcenies and break-ins that night that may be connected.
A laptop, a diamond ring and an iPod that had been reported stolen from a BMW on Purchase Street were among the items recovered in the Jeep Brown was driving.
A Theodore Fremd resident said the locking mechanism on her Audi had been drilled into and the steering column had been cracked sometime during the night.
In addition, a Trek bike that had been reported stolen from an Onondaga Street home was found to be the one used in Brown’s getaway attempt.