Police use tasers to apprehend suspect

Updated: 08/07/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 7:47 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts and Scott Kilbury

Neighbors say it left them shaken. A police chase ended up with a man being tased. 

Police say it all began when a 18-year-old woman reported a robbery outside a convenience store on Saint Paul Street. She told police that an unknown man took off in her 1999 Honda, which had been parked outside. A short time later, officers spotted the car in the 1400 block of North Clinton Avenue and attempted to stop it.  That led to a chase Thursday evening that ended on Saint Paul near Norton Street. 

Witnesses say they feared they could get hurt as the suspect refused to surrender.     

Antoinette Strong said, “He thought he was about to get away and it wasn't working, he wasn't going to get away.

Antoinette Strong says she was visiting her sister when she heard police sirens. Strong says she was standing on the sidewalk when a man followed by police crashed into her sister's car and then backed into a police cruiser as he tried to get away. She says the suspect came close to running over her and her sister.

Strong said, “The left wheel was on the curb, if the other wheel was up there, one of us would have gotten hit.”

Police say they had to use a taser multiple times to get the man to surrender. Witnesses say they also used pepper spray until the suspect was eventually pulled from the car from a passenger's seat.

Lt. Jeff Koehn, Rochester Police Department, said, “There was a struggle, but he was taken into custody inside the car.

The suspect was taken to Rochester General Hospital by ambulance for treatment after he was tased. No officers were hurt.

Police aren't releasing the suspect’s name. He will be facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, attempted assault, reckless driving, unlawfully fleeing the police and other traffic violations.  Police say they will release his name when the charges are filed.

Investigators later determined that the suspect had taken the car without permission, but that he was actually known to the woman. The woman, who made the original report, will be charged with falsifying reporting an incident.

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