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Police: Cop fires at suspect after car chase

Car found on blocks without rims and tires

Car found on blocks without rims and tires sits on Carollton Avenue in Wantagh, New York.This is the original location where the tires and rims were stolen and Nassau cops were called. A high speed chase followed. (April 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

An early morning police pursuit that began in Wantagh led to the arrest Wednesday of three suspects in Massapequa, Nassau County police said.

The arrests came after an officer fired one shot at a suspect who police said they believe was armed. The suspect was not hit, police said, and no weapon was recovered.

A police spokesman said the incident began when officers responded to a 911 call reporting a larceny in progress at 3:39 a.m. on Carrollton Avenue in Wantagh involving the theft of tires and rims from a 2011 Infiniti G37.

The caller gave police a description of the vehicle that the suspects fled in -- a 2001 Nissan Maxima -- and responding officers attempted to pull over the car.

But, police said, the suspects refused to stop, leading officers on a three- to four-minute chase on Merrick Road that ended with the car being abandoned on a lawn on Massapequa Avenue near Fairfield Elementary School.

Police said the trio tried to flee. The driver, identified as Anthony Baijnath, 20, of 108th Street, South Richmond Hill, was ordered to stop and police said he made a gesture that led officers to believe he might be armed.

An officer, whose identity was not released, fired a shot that struck the ground.

Police said Baijnath and a second suspect, Bryant Francis, 27, of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, South Jamaica, then surrendered. The third suspect, Angel A. Feliciano, 22, of 134th Street, South Richmond Hill, was found hiding in a wooded area along Ocean Avenue, adjacent to Massapequa Lake, by canine unit Officer John Larson and his dog, Thunder, police said.

All three were charged with grand larceny, criminal mischief. Francis also was charged with reckless driving and unlawful fleeing of a police officer and Feliciano also was charged with assault, harassment and obstructing governmental administration. With Matthew Chayes

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