RPD: Chase leads to recovery of car stolen at gunpoint and 150 vials of suspected drugs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Police say a chase on Wednesday night led them to recover a car stolen at gunpoint, a loaded gun, and 150 vials of suspected cocaine and methamphetamine.

Victor Hester, the 23-year-old accused driver of that car, is facing multiple charges including robbery, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

It all started when officers responded to a robbery on Lang Street off Remington Street just before 7:30 p.m. They met with two victims, a 48-year-old and a 42-year-old, who said they had their car stolen.

Almost two hours later, officers spotted the car that was reported stolen on Lyell Avenue. That led to a chase through the city, which ended when the car crashed into a fire hydrant on North Clinton Avenue near Kohlman Street.

After a foot chase and the help of the K9 dog “Kato”, police arrested Hester. RPD says they found him with a gun reported stolen from Irondequoit, the suspected drugs, and over $4,000 in cash. He was taken to the Monroe County Jail and will be arraigned on Thursday morning.

RPD says that Hester was on parole for a 2021 criminal possession of a weapon conviction at the time of his arrest. No one was injured during the chase or the robbery.