The Third Squad reports the arrest of an undomiciled man for an incident that occurred on Saturday, July, 15, 2023 at 5:54 pm in New Cassel.
According to detectives, officers located a stolen vehicle traveling westbound on Prospect Avenue near the intersection of Sherman Street. Officers activated their emergency lights and attempted to conduct a Vehicle and Traffic Law stop. Defendant Joshua Johnson, 27, refused to stop and struck a 2021 Toyota Prius, occupied by a 21-year-old female driver and a 23-year-old male passenger. Defendant Johnson then fled the scene on foot, damaging a residential fence while fleeing. He was apprehended by police a short time later in the rear of 257 Hopper Street.
One Officer sustained an injury during the course of the arrest and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
The female driver and male passenger of the Toyota Prius were both transported to a local area hospital for minor injuries.
Subsequent to the investigation, officers recovered a white rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine from the defendant’s pocket and determined that the stolen vehicle, a 2023 Mazda CX30, was previously reported stolen on July 3, 2023.
Defendant Joshua Johnson is charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Assault 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer 3rd Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Incident and multiple traffic infractions. He will be arraigned when medically practical.
Further investigation revealed that Defendant Johnson was also responsible for additional incidents that occurred on May 22, 2023, at 179 Winthrop Avenue, Westbury and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree and Burglary 2nd Degree. On April 27, 2023, at Terrace Avenue, Hempstead and charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree. On May 21, 2023, 75 Martin Court, Jericho and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree.