Video shows speeding car matching suspect car in Gates carjacking, homicide

Berkeley Brean
Created: April 08, 2021 06:22 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — Inside the Gates Police Garage is the black sedan with tinted windows police believe was used in the attempted carjacking and homicide Wednesday morning.

I found a video showing a car that matches the description at the scene four minutes before police were called.

The 911 radio call provided an early description of the suspects.

Broadcastify: “Two males in ski masks trying to fight somebody else. Caller says they have two large guns.”

The carjacking happened Wednesday morning on Buell Road

Police say 71-year-old Richard M. Sciascia of Irondequoit was shot as he sat inside his car. He died at the hospital Wednesday. 

Police say the car seized by police after a chase in the city Wednesday night, is the suspected car in the attempted carjacking and homicide.

It’s a black Infinity with tinted windows. 

News10NBC uncovered a video showing a black car with tinted windows speeding down Buell Road toward Brooks Avenue at the airport. Seconds later, the video shows it makes a U-turn and drives back on Buell Road toward the direction of the attempted carjacking and homicide.

The time on the video was 10:41 a.m., four minutes before police were dispatched to the scene. 

Brean: "Do you believe the car that you have is the car that was used in the carjacking?"

Chief Jim VanBrederode: "Yeah, we're very confident that that car that we towed here last night [Wednesday night] was the car that was involved in it."

Brean: "And what have you learned, if anything, from looking at that car?"

VanBrederode: "You know, there's obviously some stuff that we have and I'm not going to disclose all that but we're confident that's the car and now we're just trying to piece together who was in that car and who was involved in this."

Wednesday night, after a chase that ended in Danforth Street in Rochester, police detained a 17-year-old driver of the suspect car but did not charge him. 

VanBrederode: "It’s somebody of interest but we don’t have anything specific to say he did it or he didn’t do it so that’s where we’re at with him."

Brean: "If a person was driving a car, and leading police on a chase, and trying to elude police, can you hold them for not stopping or something like that?"

VanBrederode: "No look, the new juvenile laws don’t allow us to take into custody and hold somebody, especially for traffic-related stuff or fleeing the police now."

Brean: "So it was impossible to keep him in custody last night?"

VanBrederode: "Well we did lodge some sort of juvenile warrant, and I don’t know what those charges were all about or where they came from, but he did have a juvenile warrant and he was turned over to probation for that, and I don’t know what the outcome of that was. We had no right to hold him though—all the stuff he did last night—we had no right to hold him."

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says they had a carjacking in a case involving a gun in February that led to a high-speed chase. The suspect in that incident are 17 and 16 years old.

VanBrederode says there have been 14 carjackings in our area since March 28.

Here are the incidents and dates we are able to confirm (some happened prior to March 28)"

  • Gates, April 7, 2021.
  • Greece, March 29, 2021, on Dewey Avenue and English Road and April 5, 2021, on Winesap Point.
  • Ogden, April 1, 2021.
  • Perinton, Feb. 11, 2021, suspects were 16 and 17 years old.
  • Irondequoit, March 28, 2021, April 2, 2021, and April 4, 2021.
  • Webster, January and earlier this week, they say these cases did not involve the threat of a weapon or the use of a weapon.

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