BATAVIA — A Rochester parolee is facing several charges after a carjacking turned into a police chase in Batavia Tuesday morning.
The victim, a 76-year-old woman, told police that the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Constantine Murrell, ripped her from her car at the Kwik Fill on Jackson Street around 8:30 a.m. The man claimed he had a weapon.
Officers located the car at the corner of Liberty and Jackson streets. Instead of pulling over, Murrell led officers on a high-speed chase through the city. The chase lasted several minutes with speeds reaching more than 65 miles per hour.
Murrell struck another car then crashed into a tree and sign in front of the Veteran’s Affairs campus at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Redfield Parkway.
The stolen vehicle then caught fire, and Murrell was taken into custody without further incident.
"We do not normally have carjackings in the city, especially on a Tuesday morning," Chief Shawn Heubusch said. "This is very unique. We do have car larcenies occasionally, but carjackings are very unique."
Murrell was arrested and charged with robbery, unlawfully fleeing a police officer as well as several vehicle and traffic charges. He was arraigned and sent to the Genesee County Jail.
Police say Murrell caused significant damage to the vehicle and the property of the VA; however, no one was injured.
According to Batavia Police, Murrell was sent to prison in October of 2006 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance. He was released in June of 2008.