Officers report evidence flung as flushed fugitive and driver flee
The streets of Rome were the site of an extensive police pursuit Monday afternoon when a man wanted for robbery fled in a vehicle, on foot and finally tried to hide in an attic on Expense Street. Both he and his companion were taken into custody.
Meanwhile, one law enforcer was hospitalized after he was struck by the getaway car, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Authorities said the Marshals’ Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Rome Police were working together at about 2:30 p.m. to track down Gregory C. Brown, age 27, who was known to be staying in Rome. Brown was wanted on a warrant out of Chenango County for first-degree robbery.
Brown was finally spotted riding as a passenger in a 2005 Ford Explorer on Erie Boulevard West, and officers moved in to stop the vehicle at the intersection of West Dominick and North Madison streets.
One of those officers, Utica Inv. William Williams, climbed out of his patrol car and approached the driver’s side of the Ford Explorer, authorities said. Behind the wheel was 30-year-old Kaia S. Robinson, of 309 Cottage St., and authorities said Robinson hit the gas and sped away from the police cars.
Police said Robinson struck Williams with the driver’s side of her vehicle before she fled the scene. The investigator, who is brother to Utica Police Chief Mark Williams, was treated for minor injuries at Rome Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, officers were in pursuit of Robinson north along North Madison Street.
Authorities said Robinson and Brown started throwing quantities of heroin and crack cocaine out the window of their speeding vehicle. These drugs were later recovered by investigators.
At one point, Robinson stopped her vehicle long enough for Brown to flee on foot. Authorities chased Brown to a residence in the 500 block of Expense St., where they said he tried to hide in the attic. A perimeter was set up around the residence before the Marshals went inside and took him into custody.
Robinson was pulled over in the 200 block of Levitt St., authorities stated. Once both were in custody, a total of 20 grams of heroin and 5.3 grams of crack cocaine were recovered.
Police said Brown is being held on the robbery warrant, with more charges pending in Rome based on his attempts to flee.
Robinson is charged with one count each of second-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and failure to comply, authorities stated. She was arraigned before City Court Judge John C. Gannon Tuesday, and she was sent to county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond. She is scheduled to reappear in City Court on June 8.
Robinson is also facing charges of drug possession in County Court. She was indicted May 29 on three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree use of drug paraphernalia and one count of seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.
The indictment said on April 25, Robinson was found with quantities of heroin and cocaine in Rome.