Stepdaughter of man killed in Gates attempted carjacking reacts to second arrest |

Stepdaughter of man killed in Gates attempted carjacking reacts to second arrest

Stephanie Duprey
Updated: April 30, 2021 11:11 PM
Created: April 30, 2021 10:05 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — Friday afternoon, 16-year-old Anthony Jacobs turned himself in to the Gates Police Department.

He was accompanied by his mother just 24 hours after police sent out a warrant for his arrest for an attempted carjacking that killed 71-year-old Richard Sciascia.

News10NBC spoke to Sciascia's step-daughter, Emily Austin, about how she felt about the arrest.

"They took a life, but they actually took their own because now they'll spend it behind bars,” Austin said. 

Austin says a second arrest has given her family the mindset to really start healing. 

"I pray that wherever they end up, that they get rehabilitation and that they realize what they've done that's the key, to comprehend what they've done,” Austin said.

Jacobs was accompanied by his mother during a virtual hearing Friday. He pleaded not guilty. Jacobs' co-defendant, 16-year-old Edgar Tolentino, has been in custody for more than a week. Both of the teens are charged with second degree murder. 

“Both of them were kind of smiling in their mug shots, and they're proud of what they've done but they're 16 years old and they have no comprehension at all of the recourse or the repercussions of what they did,” Austin said.

When I asked Austin how she felt knowing Jacobs' mother escorted him into the police station it took her a few minutes to respond. 

"My stepfather's been gone for three weeks, so you've had three weeks to do this," Austin said. "I'm just glad that she made the right decision instead of letting it drag on any further.”

Austin says all she wants now is to create awareness. Violence should never be the answer. She says her father shouldn't have had to pay the price. 

"He would have given them the car, he would have gave them cash, clothes with a smile," Austin said. "He is such a kind soul he wouldn't have cared we would have gotten another car, they could have had it, it never needed to come to this.”

Jacobs is being held without bail at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center. Gates Police say there will be a press conference on this case on Monday at 10 a.m.

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