Sheriff releases names of 2 allegedly involved in robberies, high-speed chase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 April 2021 at 10:00 pm

Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke has released the names of two people who were allegedly involved in two robberies at stores in Orleans this morning, and then a high-speed chase.

John S. Cecchini

John S. Cecchini, 27, of Medina is being held  in the Orleans County Jail on a parole warrant.

Chakya Williams, 19, of Rochester has been charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and petit larceny. Williams was arraigned and is currently being held in jail on $10,000 cash/$10,000 partial secured/$20,000 Surety Bond.

The investigations by several law enforcement agencies involved are continuing and additional charges are expected, Bourke said.

Chakya Williams

Cecchini and Williams were involved in the two robbery cases today in the villages of Albion and Medina, and the pursuit of the vehicle through several towns in Orleans County, Bourke said.

The duo allegedly robbed the Crosby’s Store on North Main Street and then fled with the cash on foot, got in a vehicle and left the area, Bourke said.

At 10:36 a.m., one of the suspects entered the Family Dollar on Maple Ridge Road in Medina, displayed what was reportedly a handgun, left with cash then fled in a small black car with out-of-state plates, the sheriff said in a news release earlier today.

Medina Police, Albion Police, the New York State Police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area to search for the vehicle, which was spotted east bound on Route 104 in the Town of Ridgeway.

The driver sped away refusing to stop and travelled through several towns including Ridgeway, Gaines and Carlton. The vehicle was travelling at high rates of speed at times, through lawns and ditches and avoiding police road blocks, Bourke said.

At one point the suspect vehicle intentionally drove at a deputy blocking the roadway with a marked patrol vehicle causing the deputy to jump out of the way to avoid being struck and killed.

As the suspect was attempting to strike the deputy, shots were fired into the suspect vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect from using the vehicle as a deadly weapon. The vehicle continued several more miles before losing a wheel and coming to a stop on Stillwater Road in the Town of Carlton, Bourke said.

Cecchini and Williams were taken into custody. There were no injuries to any police officers or the suspects.