An armed carjacking suspect who was apprehended following a police chase that ended when he allegedly crashed the stolen vehicle into a North Merrick elementary school has been identified.
Nassau County police arrest 18-year-old Remick Menjivar of Freeport after a foot chase. Authorities also arrested two other men after they were found in another stolen car linked to the robbery later the same day.
Police said it all started when Menjivar pointed a gun at a 26-year-old man in the driveway of his Hicksville home and demanded the keys to the victim’s Infinity shortly before noon Tuesday.
At the time, the victim saw 20-year-old Edwin Flores of Hicksville near his home standing outside of a Toyota Corolla, “looking around nervously,” police said in a statement.
Flores fled the scene in the Corolla at the same time Menjivar took off in the victim’s car, police said.
Bureau of Special Operations officers spotted the Infinity being driven by Menjivar in North Bellmore shortly later, but he refused to stop and tried to lose the officers in the parking lot of Harold D. Fayette Elementary School on Merrick Avenue, police said.
Menjivar drove the Infinity head-on into an SUV driven by the officers before he crashed into the school building, police said. Officers found a loaded handgun in his waistband when they caught him, police said. He and three officers were treated for minor injuries.
Later the same day, detectives found Flores and 20-year-old Shameik Howard in Freeport getting in the Corolla, which was reported stolen from New York City on Friday, police said.
Menjivar and Flores were each charged with robbery, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon. Menjivar was additionally charged assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Howard was charged with criminal possession of stolen property along with Flores.
All three will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.