This morning the State Police-Shelburne Falls Barracks issued a BOLO (Be On the LookOut) alert a gray Chevrolet Malibu with New York plates occupied by three males who had robbed a Home Depot of a large amount of items and were reported to be in possession of firearms.
Police in New Hampshire and Vermont pursued the suspect vehicle, which was fleeing at speeds greater than 100 mph to Brattleboro, Vt., where the pursuit was terminated.
At 9:29 AM a Massachusetts State Police Trooper, acting on the BOLO, observed the suspect vehicle on Route 91 southbound at the 43 mile marker in Greenfield and attempted to stop it. The suspects refused to stop. MSP Troop B Headquarters authorized a pursuit and assumed command and control.
The suspects continued to flee at speeds greater than 100 mph. Troopers positioned ahead of the pursuit put a tire deflation device across the roadway at the 46.3 mile marker; the suspects’ Malibu hit the strip but continued to flee.
The suspect vehicle exited Route 91 at Exit 44 and the pursuit was terminated. The suspect vehicle took Route 2 westbound and went up Colrain Road in Greenfield.
At approximately 9:35 AM the suspect vehicle was located on Duren Drive in Greenfield, near Greenfield Community College; witnesses told Troopers that the suspects had fled on foot and provided descriptions that matched descriptions of the suspects in the armed robbery. Police notified the community college of the presence of suspects in the area. Troopers and local officers established a perimeter and three MSP K9 teams responded to assist in the search for the suspects. and subjects ran off.
At 10:26 AM one suspect was located in nearby woods and taken into custody. At 10:34AMthe other two suspects were located in the woods and taken into custody.
MSP K9 Troopers Sean O’Brien and Greg Valentine, along with Trooper O’Brien’s partner Sig (pictured) initially tracked the suspects, and Troopers Garrett Hall, Shannon Gilbault, and others from the State Police-Shelburne Falls Barracks and surrounding local departments assisted in the arrests.
The first arrest occurred when Sig, tracking the scent of the suspects, pulled into a large area of thick bramble bushes. Sig showed a proximity alert in the center of the hedge. Trooper O’Brien issued multiple commands ordering the suspects out. They did not comply and instead fled out the rear of the hedge running across Colrain Road next to the Lower Meadow Cemetery. Troopers ran around to the other side of the hedge where a perimeter officer had one of the suspects proned out in the grass. K9 Sig and Trooper Valentine provided cover while the suspect was placed in custody.
Officers then notified the K9 Troopers that the two other suspects had run into the woods to the north of the Cemetery towards I-91. MSP patrols set up a perimeter in the area. The Troopers and Sig entered the woods off Colrain Road and entered a large swamp area. Sig began tracking hard to the north and crossed a small open field. About 30 feet from the wood line Troopers observed the suspects down the hill directly in front of them. Trooper O’Brien again began giving commands to surrender or face apprehension by the dog. As Troopers and Sig moved toward the suspects, both of them surrendered. Sig provided cover while the suspects were placed into custody. The final find location was in the woods behind 255 Colrain Road.
The find was Sig’s first ever; he completed his training as an MSP K9 on May 31.
The suspects, all males,
are identified as follows:
JAHNIE COX, 20, of Brooklyn, NY, charged with resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; disturbing the peace; and receiving stolen property worth over $1,200;
PATRICK SINGLETON, 20, of Queens, NY; charged with resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; disturbing the peace; and receiving stolen property worth over $1,200.
17-year-old juvenile from Brooklyn, NY, charged with resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; disturbing the peace; and receiving stolen property worth over $1,200.
COX and SINGLETON are additionally charged as fugitives from justice out of New Hampshire.
Stolen items recovered from the vehicle have been transferred to Keene, NH, Police for prosecution of the armed robbery case.
All three are expected to appear in Greenfield District Court today.